The General Immigration Department yesterday reviewed a preliminary report from a national working group on foreigners living in the country.
Lieutenant General Uk Heisela, the department’s director of investigations, yesterday said that the report noted that Chinese criminals have fled their country to hide in the Kingdom.
“Crimes in Cambodia are committed by Chinese criminals who escaped from their country to live in Cambodia, most of whom stay in casinos,” he said. “We have previously received information from Chinese authorities on such criminals and we have arrested and deported hundreds of them.”
Lt Gen Heisela declined to comment further and said that he only attended yesterday’s meeting and was not involved with the working group’s investigations.
General Kirth Chantharith, the department’s director-general, led yesterday’s meeting on the preliminary report by the national working group tasked with helping provincial administrations to deal with crimes.
During the meeting, Preah Sihanouk provincial Governor Yun Min said that the number of foreign nationals, especially Chinese, has risen in the province due to an increase in investments and development projects.
Mr Min declined to comment yesterday when reached by phone.
“We will support and protect any foreigner who comes to work in Cambodia legally,” Gen Chantharith said during the meeting. “But we will take action against any foreigner who breaks the law.”
In November, Gen Chantharith said that the government and Interior Minister Sar Kheng are looking into the activities of foreigners who live in Cambodia, especially Chinese people living in Preah Sihanouk province.
The preliminary report divided foreigners living in the province into three categories, namely investors, workers and tourists.