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Six men arrested in $30,000 kidnapping case

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Police arrest the suspected kidnappers during the raid in Chamkar Mon district. Police

Phnom Penh Municipal Court charged and detained six Chinese men yesterday accused of abducting a Chinese woman and extorting $30,000 from her family for ransom.

According to court documents, which were obtained yesterday by Khmer Times, the six Chinese men were identified as Yang Chunping, 30; Tu Jiaxin, 26; Li Zhiwei, 26; Xu Yong Jun, 31; Xu Hui Cheng, 28; and Liao Xian Min, 24.  None of the men had jobs or permanent addresses in Cambodia.

The victim has been identified as Zhou Na, 25, a businesswoman living in Chamkar Mon district in Tonle Bassac commune.

The six men were charged with “arrest, detention and unlawful confinement” under Article 253 of the Criminal Code.

They face from two to five years in prison each if convicted.

Colonel Kheng Mengchheang, the chief of the Penal Police Office in the Ministry of Interior, said yesterday at about 3pm on August 25, the six men grabbed the victim from her shop selling electrical appliances in the capital’s Chamkar Mon district, pushed her into their car and drove off.

He noted that after detaining the victim, they brought her to their rental condo in the  district’s Bassac commune and began extorting $30,000 from her family for ransom.

He said that the next day, a Chinese man who is the boyfriend of the victim, alerted penal police in the Ministry of Interior to seek intervention.

Col Mengchheang said that based on information provided by the victim’s family about where the suspects were, police arrested the six men at their rental condominium and rescued the victim at about 11pm on Thursday.

He said police seized eight passports, two sets of handcuffs, one electric flashlight, seven phones, money, one Range Rover, and other related materials from them.

He added the victim has been reunited with her family living in Phnom Penh.

 

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