Two men and a woman were charged yesterday with holding a woman hostage while they tried to extort money from her family over gambling debts.
Keo Vuthy, of the Svay Rieng provincial internal security police, said the suspects were Vor Thi Kimyao, 31, Le Min Neung, 23, and Choeng Ying Duc, 62.
All were Vietnamese casino gamblers staying at a guesthouse in Bavet town.
Bavet town police officer Sao Bora said that on Monday of last week the trio detained a 28-year-old-Vietnamese gambler at a guesthouse in Bavet town after she borrowed money but lost it all at a casino and could not repay them.
Mr Bora said that after confining the victim, the suspects repeatedly phoned her family in Vietnam demanding money in exchange for her release.
The victim’s family travelled to Cambodia and filed a complaint with the provincial police. Mr Vuthy said police cooperated with the family to plot the suspects’ arrest at a guesthouse in Bavet commune on Saturday.
“They were arrested after police raided the guesthouse room where they had confined the victim,” he said. “After their arrest, we rescued the victim from the guesthouse.”
He said the victim had been returned to her relatives in Vietnam.
Mr Vuthy said the suspects were charged by the provincial court prosecutor with unlawful confinement and extortion and could be jailed for up to five years each.