Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday charged and detained two Chinese nationals involved in a kidnapping and extortion case in the capital, with another accused still at large.
Sen Sok district police chief Colonel Hour Mengyang identified the two in custody as Jiang Liang and Deng Zhong Heng, both of whom are 28-year-old Chinese tourists who lived at a rental house in Sen Sok’s Teuk Thla commune.
The victims were He Lang, 21; Yang Xuelin, 30 and Li Shijie, 18, all of whom are Chinese translators from a Chinese-owned construction company in Sihanoukville.
Jiang and Deng were charged with “arrest, detention and unlawful confinement” under Article 253 of the Criminal Code and each faces two to five years in prison if convicted.
Major Nuon Sothy, a police officer working with the municipal crime investigation department, said today that according to the police investigation, the abduction happened on the early hours of July 27.
“According to the victims’ testimonies, they were just about to head home after work when a car stopped in front of them. Three Chinese men jumped out of the car, approached the victims, handcuffed them and pushed them into the car,” said Maj Sothy.
“They brought the victims to Phnom Penh and detained them at their rental house, after which they called their families and demanded nearly $30,000 for each victim’s release. However, after receiving the lump sum of money, they did not release the victims as agreed on and demanded more money from the families,” he added.
The police made the arrest on July 30 after the families of the victims alerted authorities of their whereabouts.