Five South Koreans were arrested and later released on Tuesday on suspicion of online gambling at two different villas in Siem Reap province’s Svay Dangkum commune.
Commune police chief Soun Vandeth said all of the suspects were South Korean, adding his forces had cooperated with provincial police.
“We were invited to cooperate with the immigration bureau of the provincial police and the arrests were made following their investigation,” he said.
He added that after their arrests, the suspects and evidence, including computers, were sent to the provincial police office.
Local media identified the five suspects as Lee Kiho, Jung Hwayoung, Cha Sunghwan, Lee Suyong, and Jeong Wontae.
Chea Kimsan, chief of the provincial police’s immigration bureau, said the suspects had secretly gambled online at a rental home in Siem Reap town.
“They all gambled on the internet. We are going to send them to the court this afternoon,” he said, declining to comment further.
Though the police arrested five South Koreans, provincial court spokesman Riem Chanmony said only four were sent to court and were let go after no offences were found.
“After the police could not present enough documents and evidence of the crime, the prosecutor gave the approval allowing their embassy to come and take them back,” he said.
He added they were only living at the rental house and there was no evidence showing they had been gambling online.