Interior Ministry’s Anti-Terrorism and Transnational Crime Department has arrested three police officers suspected of attempting to accept bribery in exchange for the release of dozens of Chinese nationals caught operating VoIP scam.
Lieutenant General Y Sok Khy, director of the Ministry’s Anti-Terrorism and Transnational Crime Department, today said that his department has detained three police officers last week for attempting to accept bribery in order to release 18 Chinese nationals caught running VoIP scam in Kampong Speu province.
“We arrested them on July 18 because they were involved in accepting $40,000 in bribery for the release of Chinese nationals,” Lt Gen Sok Khy said.
Last week, police raided the warehouse in Kampong Speu province and arrested 18 Chinese nationals suspected of operating Voice over Internet Protocol scams. Police confiscated 21 phones, five laptops, two printers, 33 mobile desk phones and six walkie-talkies.
Lt Gen Sok Khy identified the three officers as Soeu Sitha, deputy director of Identification Department of General Department of Identification, Rath Pin, Khmer Identity bureau officer at General Department of Identification, and Van Sopheap, legal procedure bureau officer at the General Department of Immigration.
He said that Mr Sitha, Mr Pin and Mr Sopheap are being questioned today at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.
Kuch Kimlong, spokesman for Phnom Penh Municipal Court, could not be reached for comment.
The three officers’ case was handled by the Anti-Corruption Unit related to corruption, according to local online news.