Anti-terrorism police arrested more than 300 Chinese nationals in a single Tuol Kork district apartment block over the weekend on suspicion of operating telecom scams to extort victims in China.
The arrests follow the detention of nearly 400 Chinese and Taiwanese this month as authorities continue a crackdown on Voice over Internet Protocol scams.
Police said 225 Chinese nationals were arrested in Phnom Penh last Wednesday. Immigration authorities said another 151 Chinese and three Taiwanese were arrested on August 2 in the provinces of Siem Reap and Banteay Meanchey.
“We collected 333 Chinese men and women in only one apartment block,” Thou Saroeun, deputy director of the Interior Ministry’s anti-terrorism department, said yesterday. “They were hiding in the top floor.”
Mr Saroeun said police were questioning and collecting data from the suspects’ computers.
Khann Khontith, Tuol Kork district’s Boeng Kak II commune police chief, said many computers were seized.
“Expert police officials raided the apartments and confiscated many computers that the suspects were using,” he said.
Uk Heisela, chief of investigations at the Interior Ministry’s general department of immigration, said he had not yet been informed of the latest raid.
Mr Heisela said the hundreds of Chinese nationals were arrested in Banteay Meanchey province earlier this month were sent to be detained at the immigration office at the Siem Reap Airport for deportation on Wednesday.
On July 6, Cambodian authorities deported 74 Chinese nationals who were arrested in Phnom Penh and in Kampot and Kandal provinces. They were also accused of running VoIP scams.
In recent years, Cambodia has deported to China more than 600 Chinese and Taiwanese arrested on suspicion of telecoms scams.