Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court yesterday charged three Chinese nationals over multiple traffic accidents last week that left one person dead and two others injured.
Major Tith Sopha, an officer with the provincial road traffic department, yesterday identified the first accused as Fang Guang Feng. He was charged with driving without a license, careless driving and fleeing the scene of an accident that left one person dead.
Maj Sopha identified the other two accused as Cheng Giman and Wang Huan, who face the same charges as Mr Fang.
He added that Mr Fang was arrested on Thursday at about 7.30pm after he hit Tith Sochea with his SUV near Koh Kong province’s Sre Ambel district, where the victim died on the spot.
Mr Fang fled the scene and was later arrested in Sihanoukville, where his vehicle was impounded by authorities.
Mr Wang was arrested on Friday at about 2.30pm after he injured Hun Sophal in the city. Mr Wang also had his vehicle confiscated.
Mr Cheng was arrested at about 1.30am on Friday after he hit a Sir Lankan national while driving under the influence. The victim was identified as Wpatabengdege SN and was sent to hospital following the incident.
Police arrested Mr Cheng and impounded his SUV.
“They are foreigners who were able to buy luxury cars without having a local license,” Maj Sopha said. “They hit other people and caused a death and injuries – we arrested them and confiscated their vehicles as evidence.”
He added that the Chinese nationals have been sent to prison pending trial.
During a meeting with Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities at the Provincial Hall last month, a Chinese embassy representative addressed growing security concerns over its citizens committing crimes in the Kingdom.
Chinese diplomat Jia Lee said that the reputation of Chinese citizens in Preah Sihanouk is worrisome. Preah Sihanouk provincial Governor Yun Min said at the time that he was working with the Chinese embassy to curb crimes being committed by Chinese nationals.
“A lot of his citizens are coming to do business in Preah Sihanouk and so far there have been some brothers and sisters [Cambodian citizens] that said that the Chinese are here to cause trouble,” Mr Min said. “Mr Jia asked what the embassy could do to help and what we could do to protect their citizens as well.”