Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court yesterday charged two Chinese nationals over the kidnapping of four countrymen who owed them money from gambling debts.
Deputy provincial police chief Colonel Sith Lah identified the two accused as Wang Dao Dong, 49, and Jiang Feng, 37, both of whom were loan sharks working at a Chinese-owned casino in Poipet city.
Col Lah said they were yesterday charged by the court with unlawful confinement and noted they face up to five years each in prison if convicted.
“They are still being questioned by the investigating judge at the provincial court,” he added. “They will then be sent to prison pending their trial.”
Col Lah said the duo was arrested at about 4pm on Sunday at a rental house in Poipet city’s Poipet commune. They were arrested after anti-cybercrime officers raided their home.
Col Lah said that on Thursday last week, the two accused kidnapped four Chinese men who were casino gamblers and owed them money in order to extort money from their family members living in Phnom Penh.
Col Lah said that after detaining the four victims at their rental house, the accused phoned their families and demanded the ransom payment.
Col Lah added that on Friday last week, the victims’ families alerted the anti-cybercrime department at the Ministry of Interior for help.
Col Lah added that after their arrests, police rescued the four Chinese victims identified as Zhang Dongwei, 37; Li Xuelin, 56; Cui Xiao Bo, 35; and Li Wen Zhang, 38.
The four victims have since been returned to their families by police with the assistance of the Chinese embassy.