Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged and detained 29 of 33 suspects arrested during raids targeting Voice over Internet Protocol scams in the capital on Friday.
National Military Police and Phnom Penh police raided two locations in Sen Sok district on Friday, arresting 33 suspects, including Thais, Taiwanese and Cambodians.
Y Rin, spokesman for the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, said yesterday that 25 Thais were charged and jailed on extortion charges, along with four Taiwanese nationals.
The other four netted during the raids on Friday were Cambodians and were freed by the court yesterday after it determined they were not part of the scheme and were only cooks for the perpetrators, Mr Rin added.
“The court decided to send all 29 suspects, including seven women, to prison to await their trial,” he said. “They have been charged with extortion and fraud.”
One Thai and two Taiwanese nationals were also arrested on Friday in Preah Sihanouk province for similar VoIP scams in Bey commune.
Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court spokesman Lim Bun Heng said the three suspects were charged with fraud following their arrests and sent to the provincial prison on Sunday.
“They were charged with fraud with aggravating circumstances,” he said. “The provincial court decided to detain them on Sunday.”
Mr Bun Heng added that authorities were searching for two ringleaders still at large.