A press release issued on February 7 by Malaysia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) stated that its diplomatic note sent to Cambodia’s MOFA via the Malaysian Embassy, requests the release of 47 Malaysians presently detained in Poipet.
Last December the police in Banteay Meanchey province arrested 55 foreigners for their alleged involvement in running illegal online gambling operations in Poipet. Eight of them were Chinese nationals; the remaining 47 were Malaysian nationals.
The Malaysian statement confirmed that the 47 Malaysians have been in custody in Poipet since December 11, 2018 and that notification of the arrests was given verbally by the police on December 28.
It went on: “Following the notification, and after receiving detailed information and approval from the local authorizes, officers of the Malaysian Embassy (Phnom Penh) made a consular visit to the detainees to ensure their well-being. The visit revealed that most of the detainees were offered jobs with an attractive pay.”
The officers from the embassy have met with prison officials and with the judge dealing with this case.
The Malaysian MOFA, is using the embassy to closely monitor the case and prepare to give any necessary consular assistance.