In Cambodia’s Poipet town’s Poipet commune in Banteay Meanchey province, the authorities detained 209 people over charges of illegal online gambling. Of those detained 12 are Cambodians and 197 foreign nationals.
The Phnom Penh Post reports that the detention followed raids at two locations -Neak Tep Guest House 2 and the other an apartment of Paramex Company in Poipet town – from where the illegal online gambling operations was being carried out.
Commenting on the arrests, the deputy director of the General Department of Immigration Keo Vanthorn said: “I cannot reveal any details yet because the case is still being investigated.” He said all the detained suspects were found at the second location.
While the locations have been sealed temporarily, the police seized about 10 computers and several mobile phones.
Ten computers and some phones were seized as evidence. The building at the second location was sealed temporarily.
Banteay Meanchey provincial police chief Ath Khem refused to provide further details and said: “Please ask specialists from the General Department of Immigration because we don’t have the report on the case. I don’t know how to further procedures will be implemented.”
Earlier in August this year, Cambodia banned online gambling. A directive signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen was issued which read: “The Royal Government of Cambodia will stop the issuance of online gambling policy and licenses, both within and outside of the Kingdom of Cambodia, from the date of signing this directive.”