Suicide Advocate Booted From Cambodia

The government on Saturday deported a California man who operated a Web site promoting Cambodia as a place for foreigners to commit suicide, a police official said.

Roger Graham, 57, was detained Thursday at his residence in Kampot province in southwestern Cambodia, said National Deputy Police Chief Gen. Sok Phal.

"His Web site lured people in the world to come to commit suicide in Cambodia," Phal said. "Cambodia is not the place for foreigners to come to kill themselves."

Em Chhoun, a Kampot police official, claimed Graham's Web site was responsible for the suicide of a British woman in the province last year.

Graham, in previous interviews with The Associated Press, denied assisting the woman in her suicide.

In November last year, Kampot provincial authorities sued him for defaming the province. Graham was summoned for questioning at the provincial court but never tried.

Graham came to Cambodia in 2003 from Paradise, Calif., where he said he founded the Assisted Euthanasia Society of Paradise. In Kampot, he also ran an Internet cafe.

He has denied any intentions of harming Cambodia's image and said he believes "in a person's right to choose the time, place and manner of their death."