Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court yesterday charged 19 Chinese nationals, who worked at a casino in Poipet city, with obstructing police work.
Major Sok Bunthoeun, a Poipet city police officer, said the accused were charged with unlawful interference in the discharge of public function. They face one to three years each in prison if convicted.
Maj Bunthoeun said that on Sunday night at about 9pm, the accused men, who worked at a Chinese-owned casino in Poipet city, got drunk and began walking the streets carrying metal bars and wooden sticks, disturbing people.
He said that while they created public disorder and insecurity on the street, police and military police forces were deployed to intervene.
In response, some of the accused threatened to beat police and military police forces with the weapons they were carrying, he said. They were then arrested.
“They were like gangsters or mafia members,” he said. “They did not respect our country’s laws. They created disorder, anarchy and insecurity.”
“They threatened to beat our police forces when we tried to stop them from creating problems in the city,” he added
He noted that after their arrests, police confiscated ten pieces of steel and other three pieces of wood.