Nine Chinese nationals were arrested on Tuesday for holding and torturing two Chinese gamblers in Preah Sihanouk province.
Major Sok Kosal, a provincial military police officer, yesterday said the nine were loan sharks for a Chinese-owned casino in Sihanoukville.
They were arrested after military police raided their rented home in Buon commune yesterday at about 1:30pm.
“They’re part of a Chinese gang who provided loans to gamblers at a casino in Sihanoukville,” Maj Kosal said. “The suspects held two of their countrymen – who owed money due to gambling – and tortured them in order to get the money back from the victims’ families.”
“They were arrested yesterday after our forces raided their rented home in Buon commune ,” he said, noting that the victims had been held for five days prior to the raid.
After the raid, police confiscated one pistol, four bullets, four pairs of handcuffs, two electric batons, eight phones, and other materials from the suspects.
Lieutenant Colonel Cheng Vuthy, deputy commander of the provincial military police, said the nine suspects are now in custody for questioning.
Lt Col Vuthy said military police are accusing them of unlawful confinement, cruelty and unauthorised use of a weapon.
If convicted, each suspect could be jailed for up to five years.
Lt Col Vuthy said the suspects are expected to be due in court today.
As for the victims, they were sent to the Chinese embassy in Phnom Penh.