Preah Sihanouk provincial military police yesterday arrested six Chinese nationals for allegedly confining ten of their countrymen who owed money to a casino.
Brigadier General Heng Bunty, commander of the provincial military police, yesterday said the six were loan sharks who worked for the casino in Sihanoukville.
Brig Gen Bunty said they were arrested yesterday morning at a villa in Muoy commune by forces led by the provincial court prosecutor.
He noted that military police found out about the ten victims after their families alerted military police on Saturday.
“They were arrested on Sunday after provincial military police forces raided their rented villa in Sihanoukville,” Brig Gen Bunty said.
“After they were arrested, military police rescued ten Chinese men,” he added. “Handcuffs, torches, six phones and other materials were seized.”
Brig Gen Bunty said the six are accused of unlawful confinement, which could carry up to five years in prison if convicted.
He said the six are now held at the provincial military police headquarters.
The ten victims were returned to their families, he added.
Brig Gen Bunty said the names of the suspects cannot yet be disclosed.