All 47 Malaysian detainees, now held in Poipet, are set to relay their personal accounts of the arrest to the senior Malaysian Embassy officials who are expected to visit them later today (Feb.12).
Reliable sources in the provincial office told Khmer Times that the interviews will be conducted on a one-on-one basis at the Banteay Meanchey provincial prison.
All efforts to secure freedom for the 47, involving the Cambodian Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Justice, provincial authorities, provincial courts, and immigration officials, are steadily on-going.
Yesterday, Justice Ministry spokesman Chin Malin said that the ministry will review the case, as the Malaysian Embassy requested it. “Our ministry will check on this case,” he said.
The detainees, aged between 19 and 44, including 10 women, were nabbed on December 11. They have been accused of cheating, opening and managing illegal gambling, and await prosecution.
The date of the trial, however, is still unknown.
According to the indictment sighted by Khmer Times, the Malaysians, together with eight other foreigners, were detained in two separate raids in Samaki Meanchey village and Prey Chhork village.
”In total we detained 55 foreigners, eight Chinese and 47 Malaysians. They were sent to the Banteay Meanchey provincial police commission to proceed with the legal process. We checked and detained foreign nationals found operating two illegal online businesses,” its translation read.
The operations were led by Prosecutor Teng Sammei and a team from provincial criminal offices, the police force, the Inspectors of Poipet City, and Poipet Security Council.
Julau MP Larry Sng Wei Shien, together with family members of the detainees and Malaysian media, are expected to arrive in Cambodia tomorrow (Feb.13) “to see the real situation on the ground.”