Siem Reap Provincial Court yesterday charged and detained seven Chinese nationals for operating an illegal online gambling game.
Colonel Chea Kimsan, chief of provincial Immigration Police Department, yesterday confirmed that the seven detained Chinese men ran an illegal game named “The One Gardening Boutique” from a shop in Siem Reap city. They were charged by the provincial court prosecutor with operating illegal gambling and are currently in pre-trial detention.
Col Kimsan added that they face two to five years each in jail if convicted.
He noted that they were arrested on Saturday at about 9pm after police raided their shop located in Slor Kram commune, where they operated the game.
Col Kimsan said that police have suspected of their activities after observing that many foreign tourists, especially Chinese nationals, entered the shop every day in the evenings.
Col Kimsan added that police submitted a report to the provincial court and requested permission to inspect the shop on Saturday evening.
“They were the owners and shareholders of the One Gardening Boutique which has illegally operated an online gambling game in Siem Reap province,” Col Kimsan said. “They were arrested red-handed while managing other Chinese nationals who were gambling and playing their game in the shop.”
“After the raid and their arrests, police seized six laptops, 15 phones, 14 passports, as well as other related materials from them,” he added.
Col Kimsan noted that after the raid, police arrested a total of 14 Chinese nationals, including 13 men and one woman. He added that seven of them, who were gamblers, were later released by the prosecutor after they were educated by police and signed a contract promising that that will not repeat their mistake in the future.
Col Kimsan called on all foreign tourists visiting Cambodia, especially Siem Reap province, not to commit any criminal acts while in the country.