Police in Preah Sihanouk province are trying to untangle an assault case involving 11 Chinese men in Sihanoukville’s Buon commune yesterday.
Nine of the men are suspected of assaulting the others. The nine were detained as they drove their victims to hospital.
Suth Sam On, chief of minor crime bureau, said police are gleaning information from the accused.
“In total we brought eleven Chinese people to our police station,” he said. “Our preliminary conclusion was that nine of them are the suspects and the other two are the victims. We can see minor bruises on them.”
“If any of the nine are found not to be involved, we will just let them sign a contract not to repeat the act and for those actually involved, we will take action according to the law,” he added. “However, we still don’t know how many were actually involved in the beating because it is hard to work with them because we don’t know Chinese and need a translator.”
Mr Sam On said the group of Chinese worked at a casino. They were arrested yesterday afternoon while they were transporting the two victims to hospital for treatment after the beating.
“They are actually friends, but we still don’t know why they beat each other,” he said. “The security guard of a casino saw the beating and reported it to us.”
“Then we came to the scene and followed them, and they saw us and stopped the van and we saw two slightly injured Chinese in the van,” he added.
Asked if there was a kidnap attempt, he reiterated that the nine were taking the other two to hospital. They stopped the car because they were shocked to see the police following them, he said.
Mr Sam On added that the nine were being detained at the provincial police station for further questioning.
In February, amid mounting concern among Cambodians over the bad influence of Chinese immigrants, Chinese ambassador to Cambodia Xiong Bo said his nation stood in solidarity with Cambodian authorities who caught Chinese nationals committing crimes.