Phnom Penh (FN), September 15 - After Cambodia Daily’s owner released the truth behind the apology of Prime Minister Hun Sen through Radio Free Asia, the General Department of Taxation (GDT) issued an official letter to ask Deborah Krisher Steele to identify those who threatened her to sign the apology letter.

On Thursday, she expressed regret for signing a letter so that her husband in Cambodia will be safe.

"The GDT does not recognize any facilitator who is outside of the GDT and would like to ask you to identify the person who is threatening you to sign in order for authorities to take legal action,” stated GDT on Friday.

"An apology letter will not let the tax payers go away from the obligation," according to GDT's clarification letter.

On September 9, 2017, Deborah Krisher Steel wrote a letter of apology to the premier and asked him to facilitate the press release.  

The Cambodia Daily owes more than $6 million to state tax, and it declared to close and cease publication as of September 4, 2017 due to extra-legal threats by the government to close the Daily, freeze its accounts and prosecute the new owner for the actions of the previous owner regarding tax evasion.