Two South Korean nationals were arrested on Sunday for trying to bring $2.2 million in cash into the Kingdom without proper provenance for the money.
Immigration police nabbed the pair, Yoon Wongi and Song Hyunhoo, upon their arrival at Siem Reap International Airport’s Customs and Excise Department on July 7. They were toting $2.2 million in bundles of $100 and $50 banknotes.
According to police report, the two South Korean men entered Cambodia on a flight from Hong Kong. The pair was taken to the Department of Investigation and Procedure, and the money was temporarily stored at the Customs and Excise Office at Siem Reap International Airport.
Sok Phal, secretary of state at the Interior Ministry, yesterday said the two men are currently detained at the provincial court for further legal procedures in accordance with the law.
He noted that in a similar case, the judge would take action based on the laws on money laundering, fighting the financing of terrorism, and other legal instruments in Cambodia.
“As suggested by Interior Minister Sar Kheng, the provincial court will investigate this case and see why they brought such an amount of money into Cambodia,” he said.
In April, Interior Minister Sar Kheng instructed all provincial police chiefs and immigration police to take serious action against cross-border crimes and terrorism.
Mr Kheng tasked the authorities with maintaining regular patrols on international checkpoints, seaports and border crossings, and quickly report any irregularities to the ministry.