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Two held for confining debtors

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The two accused men. Nokor Wat

Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court yesterday charged two Chinese nationals for unlawfully confining another Chinese national over an unpaid gambling debt.

Brigadier General Kol Phally, provincial deputy police chief, identified the accused as Shui Tao, 35, and Wen Meng Meng, 29, who are both loan sharks living in a rented room at the Chinese-owned Wang Chao Casino in Sihanoukville.

He noted that two were arrested by provincial police on Wednesday and are charged with arrest, detainment and unlawful confinement.

“Both have been sent to prison pending their trial,” Brig Gen Phally said.

He identified the victim as Tian Wentao, 31, a frequent gambler living in the city.

According to a police report, obtained yesterday, Mr Tian on July 15 went to gamble at the Wang Chao Casino in the city.

The report noted that the victim lost all of his money and took a $3,000 loan from the loansharks. It said Mr Tian lost $1,500, repaid only $1,500 and left after promising to settle the rest the next day.

The report said Mr Tian, however, did not go to the casino to pay the money the next day as promised and decided to lay low for a while.

It noted that at about 10pm on Monday, Mr Tian went to the casino to gamble again.

It said the two accused spotted Mr Tian and took him to the rental room to demand the money.

The report added that the two men confined Mr Tian in the room when he said he could not repay them.

It noted that on Wednesday morning the victim’s friend got wind that the victim was being confined in the room and alerted provincial police.

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