12 Chinese men have been arrested in Poipet town in Cambodia. The Chinese nationals were arrested over charges of kidnapping three people after they failed to pay gambling loans. Those kidnapped were also from China.
Poipet town police chief Thin Sindeth confirmed that the 12 accused were charged with kidnapping and sent to the Banteay Meanchey provincial police headquarters.
“All the suspects are male. I sent them to Banteay Meanchey provincial police headquarters for them to pursue further legal action,” he said.
As reported by the Phnom Penh Post, Lach Nhib, the head of the procedure unit at Banteay Meanchey provincial police’s serious crime bureau, confirmed that the 12 Chinese suspects were at the provincial police headquarters, where police were questioning them and preparing to send a report to the provincial court.
“The suspects loaned money to other Chinese people and charged interest for the loans. Because the three Chinese victims lost money by gambling, they did not have any money to pay their debt.
“They were then held against their will and beaten by the suspects. We saw marks from their beatings all over their bodies,” Nhib said.
The perpetrators were arrested after the Chinese embassy in Cambodia provided the local police the identity of the victims after their parents approached the Chinese police back home.
Earlier last week, nine Chinese nationals were arrested in Bangkok over charges of alleged involvement in illegal online gambling operations. Also last week, Vietnam authorities deported 35 Chinese citizens after the police busted an illegal gambling ring in the Da Nang area.