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Chinese man caught with $1 million held after airport arrest

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Handcuffed. Chinese national on charges of money laundering . National Police

The General Immigration Department yesterday sent a Chinese national accused of laundering nearly $1 million to Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

Police at Phnom Penh International Airport on Wednesday arrested Liao Jingqing, 48, as he attempted to enter the Kingdom with nearly $1 million in $100 US banknotes.

According to police, the accused was travelling from Hong Kong and was carrying $855,000 with him, which he said was to help his nephew conduct business in the country.

Lieutenant General Keo Vanthan, spokesman for the General Immigration Department, said the suspect is being held for further questioning.

“There is no clear source for the money and no receipts to clarify where the money came from,” Lt Gen Vanthan said. “He claimed that he brought the money to run a decoration company in Cambodia.”

“We have accused the suspect of money laundering and we are preparing paperwork for the court,” he added. “The money was confiscated to keep at the National Bank of Cambodia as evidence.”

In late April, three Chinese nationals were apprehended at Phnom Penh International Airport with more than $3 million. They remain in pre-trial detention.

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