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Four arrested over alleged kidnapping for ransom

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Suspects Song Xia Ling and Zhang Yibo are apprehended on Monday after evading arrest the previous day. Fresh News

Preah Sihanouk provincial police yesterday arrested four Chinese men accused of kidnapping a Chinese businessman for a $70,000 ransom.

 

Provincial police deputy chief Brigadier General Kol Phally identified the suspects as Song Xia Ling, 34; Teng Jia Liang, 29; Wei Shun Cheng, 27 and Zhang Yibo, 26, all of whom are unemployed.

 

The kidnapping allegedly happened at the night of June 5 when the suspects grabbed and caught Chinese businessman Wang Wen Xing, 42, from a restaurant in Sihanoukville’s Buon commune to detain at a rental house in Stung Hav district.

 

At the rental house, the suspects were said to have beat up Wang and forced him to call his wife, who is living in China, to demand $50,000 in exchange of his freedom. Wang’s wife then called Xin Jue, 41, a Chinese friend living in Sihanoukville, who in turn alerted the police.

 

Suspects Wei and Teng were arrested on Sunday after police raided the rental house where the victim was being held. The two other suspects managed to flee from the scene.

 

“Police rescued the victim whose hands and legs had been tied by the suspects,” said Bri Gen Phally.

 

Based on information gathered from Wei and Teng, police yesterday arrested Song and Zhang.

 

The four Chinese nationals may face an “illegal arrest, detention or confinement” charge under Article 253 of the Criminal Code and convicted to up to five years in prison if found guilty.

 

The suspects are temporarily detained at the provincial police headquarters for further investigation and will be sent to the provincial court today.

 

Following his rescue, the victim has returned to his family through the assistance of a Chinese embassy representative in Sihanoukville.

 

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