Five Chinese gangsters have been deported to face justice in China after the kidnapping of their countrymen to extort money over gambling debts in Preah Sihanouk province.
Yang Jun, 34, Hou Jian, 29, Jiu Fei Bin, 33, Wo Luo Yang, 24, and Huang Wan Ying, 25, were arrested on July 2.
Lieutenant General Uk Hai Seila, investigation chief at the Interior Ministry’s immigration department, said the five were detained for unlawfully confining five Chinese casino gamblers and extorting money from their families in exchange for their release.
The gangsters were accused by police of unlawful confinement and extortion.
“These five Chinese men were members of the Chinese mafia who had committed crimes in their country and fled to hide in our country,” Lt Gen Hai Seila said. “They were deported this afternoon to be punished under Chinese laws in their country.”
Major Seng Sophath of Preah Sihanouk provincial police said that on June 30, the victims were persuaded by the Chinese suspects to play at the casino in Sihanoukville.
The gamblers lost and borrowed more money from the suspects to keep playing, again losing everything.
Because the victims did not have money to repay the suspects, the gangsters snatched the five victims and confined them for a few days at their rental house in Sihanoukville, from where they called to extort money from their families in China.
“They unlawfully confined the victims at the house,” Maj Sophath said. “They phoned their families in China and ordered them to send ransom money.”
The victims’ families then contacted Cambodian police in Preah Sihanouk province to seek their help.
The suspects were arrested on July 2 after provincial police raided their house. Police rescued the five victims and seized five pairs of handcuffs, two torches and seven mobile phones from them.