Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced four Taiwanese masterminds and 25 Thai nationals to between two and three years in jail for operating VoIP scams from Cambodia in February.
Presiding Judge Kor Vandy identified the Taiwanese men as Chen Tungshou, 32; Lai Chiensyuan, 28; Fu Chi Jic, 29; and Lin Rueimin, 39.
“The court decided to convict the four accused Taiwanese men to three years each in prison but the term of their punishment shall be reduced to only 10 months each. The rest of their punishment shall be suspended,” Judge Vandy said.
“The court also decided to convict the 25 Thai accused, including eight women, to two years each in prison but they will also serve 10 months in jail each with the rest of the sentences suspended,” he added.
Judge Vandy noted that all 29 foreigners will be deported from Cambodia after serving their jail terms.
He said they all were charged with threats accompanied by extortion and also fraud with aggravating circumstances.
Judge Vandy said the 29 were arrested at about 9.30pm on February 16 during a raid on their rental homes in Sen Sok district by Cambodian military police and Thai Interpol police.
Full story in Tuesday’s paper