Pelsender Didier, a 75-year-old Belgium national, who has been internationally wanted by Interpol since 2006 for sexually abusing two of his adopted daughters, was arrested in Vietnam’s Nha Trang beachside city on Thursday.
Vo Duc Than, a local senior police officer, confirmed with Tuoi Tre on Friday that Pelsender Didier was nabbed on the evening of Dec. 19 when he was withdrawing cash from an ATM on Hung Vuong Street in Nha Trang city in the central coastal province of Khanh Hoa.
The arrested man was identified as Pelsender Didier thanks to fingerprint identification techniques, said the policeman.
According to local investigators, Pelsender had sexually abused his daughters for a long time before his crime was uncovered in 2006. His eldest adopted daughter was sexually abused for 13 years from the age of 8 to 20 while her younger sister was abused when she was between 8 years old and 16.
To avoid being recognized by police, Pelsender used a fake Venezuela passport named Belttran Gonzalez to enter Vietnam since late 2007 through Ho Chi Minh City-based Tan Son Nhat airport.
He often traveled to Dong Nai, Binh Thuan, Khanh Hoa, and even to Cambodia during his time in Vietnam, the investigators said.
In Nha Trang, he stayed in a rented guesthouse room where local police seized his laptop and some CDs and DVDs.
Police in Khanh Hoa province are working with other authorities and Interpol office in Vietnam to carry out further investigations into what the Belgium man did in Vietnam.