Cambodia has sent home 173 Thai nationals who were earlier apprehended over illegal online gambling charges.
Cambodian authorities arrested a total of 173 Thais at an online gambling shop at Rong Klua border market in Aranyaprathet region.
However, the arrested people have been released. The Cambodian authorities handed over 50 men and 123 women over to Thai officials at Ban Khlong Luek border checkpoint in Aranyaprathet district.
The 173 detained Thais were taken to Siem Reap province for questioning. However, following the talks between Thai officials and Cambodian authorities those held were released.
Earlier this week, the authorities in Cambodia’s Poipet town’s Poipet commune in Banteay Meanchey province, detained 209 people over charges of illegal online gambling. Of those detained 12 are Cambodians and 197 foreign nationals.
The Phnom Penh Post reported 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 were being carried out.
Earlier in August, Cambodia announced a ban on online gambling. A directive signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen banning online gambling 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.”
The online gambling ban in Cambodia triggered a mass exodus of Chinese nationals who were predominantly involved in the country’s gambling industry.