Police in Banteay Meanchey on Tuesday arrested 55 foreign nationals over their alleged involvement in running an illegal online gambling operation in Poipet city.
Major Sok Bora, deputy chief of Poipet city police, yesterday said 47 suspects were Malaysian nationals, while eight were Chinese nationals.
Maj Bora said city police worked with provincial police and court prosecutors to raid two different villas in Poipet commune’s Samakky village at about 3pm on Tuesday.
He added that the suspects were observed by police investigators prior to the arrests, noting that the suspects only left the villas at night.
“They were part of a foreign mafia who were hiding in Cambodia in order to run an illegal gambling operation online,” Maj Bora said. “They were arrested after police raided their rented homes. We arrested them while they were online.”
He added that police seized a number of computers, mobile phones and other materials from them.
After the arrest, the suspects were then sent to the provincial immigration department to be questioned on the same day.
Brigadier General Sith Lah, chief of the provincial crimes department, yesterday said all suspects are still being held at the immigration department, adding that they are to be sent to the provincial court today.