Police in Banteay Meanchey province yesterday released 15 Chinese nationals who were arrested on Tuesday on suspicion that they were involved in illegal online gambling in the province.
Brigadier General Sith Lah, provincial crimes department chief, yesterday said that 11 men and four women were released by the provincial court after investigations showed that they are staying in the Kingdom legally and that they had not yet started the online gambling operation.
“They were all released after they were educated by police about our Cambodian laws relating to the establishment of gambling operations,” he said. “But we confiscated the computers as well as other equipment related to the online operation which police had seized from them.”
Captain Kim Sopheap, a Piopet City penal police officer, yesterday said that the 15 Chinese nationals were arrested at about 5pm on Tuesday after provincial penal police in collaboration with the court prosecutor and city police raided their rental villa in Poipet commune.
He said that police raided the villa following complaints from neighbours who suspected that illegal gambling was going on inside.
“They were arrested red-handed while they were installing equipment to run an online gambling operation in their rental house,” Cap Sopheap said. “After the raid and their arrests, police seized several computers, mobile phones and other equipment from them.”
He added that after their arrests, the Chinese nationals were temporarily detained at the provincial immigration police department for questioning and further investigation.
The Chinese nationals could not be contacted for comments.