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Migrants suspected of running online gambling den

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
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Police in Banteay Meanchey province on Wednesday arrested one Thai man and seven Indonesian nationals suspected of operating an illegal gambling den in Poipet city.

Major Sok Bora, deputy chief of Poipet police, yesterday said the eight were arrested at about 10am after police raided their apartment in the city’s Poipet commune.

Maj Bora said the raid followed a period of investigation after police grew suspicious of the group as they only went out of their apartment at night.

He added that police collaborated with a court prosecutor in order to work on the case.

“They were arrested after our forces raided their apartment,” Maj Bora said. “They were arrested with actual evidence that they were running the games online.”

“After arresting them, police seized computers, mobile phones and other materials,” he added. “They were also tested for drugs and we found that some of them tested positive.”

He noted that most of the Thai and Indonesian nationals did not have legal documents to be in the country, prompting police to have them questioned and detained at the provincial immigration department.

Major General Ath Khem, chief of the provincial police, yesterday said the eight are now accused of residing in Cambodia illegally and operating an illegal gambling establishment.

If convicted, the eight could face up to one year in prison each.

They are expected to make a court appearance today.

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