Chinese arrested for online extortion in Kampot town

PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) - 17 Chinese nationals, including two women were sent to the Interior Ministry’s General Department of Immigration after their arrests on the suspicion of involvement in online extortion.

Kampot town police sent 17 Chinese nationals, including two women, to
the Interior Ministry’s General Department of Immigration on Tuesday
after their arrests on the suspicion of involvement in online extortion.

Kampot provincial police chief Mao Chanmathurith said his officers
raided a rented property in Kampong Bay commune on Monday. A laptop and
144 phones were seized.

A Kampot town police official who asked not to be named said a
group of Chinese nationals had rented the property in August. He said
Kampot authorities had never arrested such a large number of Chinese
nationals before.

“No large criminal cases in Kampot province had previously involved Chinese nationals,” he said.

He added that the suspects were being held at Kampot town
police headquarters as authorities investigated their operations after
finding evidence linking them to the crime.

Rights group Licadho coordinator Opsovan Chan Thorn said there were
less Chinese nationals living in Kampot compared to neighbouring Preah
Sihanouk province.

“Chinese nationals have not committed serious crimes in Kampot
before. This is the first time such a large number of Chinese have been
arrested,” Chan Thorn said.

Chanmathurith said the 17 Chinese nationals had been sent to the
General Department of Immigration on Tuesday before their likely
deportation back to China.

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