Immigration officers with Phnom Penh police yesterday raided an apartment in Daun Penh district’s Phsar Thmey II commune, where they fined 12 Indian nationals for failing to produce work permits.
Lou Rabo, deputy municipal police chief in charge of immigration, said that 14 Indians were suspected of entering the country illegally, which lead to the raid.
Mr Rabo said that after rounding them up, police discovered that they came into the country to do business, but some of them failed to request work permits.
“We rounded up 14 Indians,” he said. “We checked their documents and we found that they all have the legal documents except work permits, so I reported it to the General Department of Immigration to come to seize their passports to fine them according to the law,” he said.
According to a General Department of Immigration report, the 14 Indians, all men, were staying in the same rental apartment in Phsar Thmey II commune.
Two of them had passports and work permits, while the other 12 had only passports.
“The 12 have to request work permits if they want to do business, otherwise legal action will be taken,” Mr Rabo added. “Officers from the General Department of Immigration came to our office to fine them and after that they will order them to go get work permits issued at the Ministry of Labour.”