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Foreigners caught with $2 million in fake banknotes

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The two accused men arrive at court. Supplied

Phnom Penh Municipal Court will today continue questioning two foreigners recently arrested while in possession of $2 million worth of counterfeit $100 banknotes.

Sok Chantha, a police officer with the Interior Ministry’s central security department, identified the suspects as Kamara Abdul, 36, from Sierra Leone, and Davidson Alphonson, 48, from Libya.

Mr Chantha said the two men were arrested on Monday after police raided their rented condo in Tuol Sangke I commune.

“They are foreigners who have been making counterfeit money and were involved in money laundering and have been hiding in Cambodia,” Mr Chantha said.

Mr Chantha said police confiscated a money printing machine along with more than $2 million in $100 banknotes from the condo.

A clerk with the court confirmed that the two suspects were being questioned yesterday, but had not yet been formally charged. The clerk said the pair will again be questioned today.

“The court’s prosecutor did not officially charge them yet,” the clerk said. “They have now been sent back to the police station.”

Real Sophin, the deputy prosecutor in charge of the case, could not be reached for comment.

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