Phnom Penh Municipal Court today convicted and sentenced five Chinese men to one year in prison each for wrongfully confining a countryman over a $26,000 debt.
Judge Khun Sona identified them as Wang Jinbo, 49; Jai Giug, 33; Tan Wei, 36; Li Ji Yan, 36; and Sun Xin, 30.
He said that they had been charged with “arrest, detention and unlawful confinement” under Article 253 of the Criminal Code.
“The court has decided to convict them to a year each in prison,” Judge Sona said in the verdict. “The court orders all of them to pay two million riel [about $500] each as a fine to put in the state’s budget.”
Judge Sona said at about 1.30 pm on November 4, Wang led a group of eight Chinese friends to demand the repayment of a debt from a countryman who owns a restaurant-cum-guesthouse in Chamkamorn district.
He said upon arrival at the restaurant they did not see the owner who was away in China and met the general manager Chin Weihong.
Judge Sona said they then caught Chin and locked him in the restaurant and demanded that he repay the owner’s debt of $26,000 to secure his release.