Police from the Interior Ministry’s penal police department, in collaboration with Russey Keo district police, on Sunday arrested 15 Chinese nationals over the unlawful confinement of a Chinese businessman in order to extort money from him in the capital.
Major Muong Seng, a penal police officer at the ministry, yesterday said the 15 men were part of a gang of Chinese nationals operating in the Kingdom and they were arrested at about 1pm on Sunday during a raid on the Chinese-owned Huualan Supermarket in Tuol Sangke II commune.
He said they were arrested following a complaint by a Cambodian woman who said that her Chinese husband was being held by a group of men who telephoned her asking for $20,000 to secure his release.
“They are Chinese gangsters, who were hiding in Cambodia,” Maj Seng said. “They were arrested on Sunday after police raided their rental units in the supermarket in Russey Keo district.”
He said that after their arrests, police rescued a Chinese national who was held by them and also seized a Lexus 570, a pistol, passports and other documents from them.
Maj Seng noted that the victim, whom he did not identify, was reunited with his wife.
He added that the 15 suspects are still being questioned by penal police in the ministry.