As the World Cup continues in Russia, Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday urged Cambodian fans not to lose money by betting on games in the wake of six people being arrested on Tuesday for running an illegal online betting operation for the World Cup in Kandal province.
Mr Hun Sen made the plea while addressing 17,000 garment workers from 13 factories in Takeo province.
“In sport there are winners and losers,” he said. “If football supporters want to bet on games, please just do it for a handshake. Do not bet money because it is not a good thing to do.”
Six people were arrested on Tuesday for running an illegal online betting operation on the World Cup in Kandal province.
Major Meng Sothy, deputy chief of the provincial criminal investigation department, said the four men and two girls were the managers, staff and also gamblers with the operation. They were arrested after the provincial police raided the Sports Cafe Shop in Takhmao city.
Police confiscated six computers, six motorbikes, 1,700,000 riel ($133), and other related material from the shop.
He said that those arrested included managers and staff members Brak Bunghuy, 17, Hel Ousar, 18, and Koam Oun Reaksmey, 23.
The others were gamblers Morm Mesar, 38, Heng Rath, 23, and Koeu San, 46.
The managers and staff were accused by police with running a gambling operation without permission and face up to five years in prison each if convicted.
The others were accused of gambling, which can lead to a month each in jail.
All were detained at the Kandal provincial police station and will be sent to the provincial court for questioning today.