Six of the 12 Vietnamese nationals arrested in Pailin province on Thursday over the kidnapping of their countryman were sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court for questioning yesterday, while the others were cleared of involvement.
On Thursday, Pailin provincial police arrested 12 Vietnamese and one Cambodian taxi driver linked to the kidnapping and attempted extortion of $150,000 from the victim’s family in Vietnam.
The taxi driver was freed after it was found he was oblivious to the crime and was only driving the group.
Cheav Vibol, chief of the serious crimes bureau at the Ministry of Interior, said yesterday that six of the 12 Vietnamese were found to be involved in the kidnapping.
“Six of them, three males and three females, were sent to the court this morning,” he said.
“The other six were sent to the municipal office of immigration because they entered the country without legal papers.”
Court spokesmen Ly Sophana could not be reached for comment.
“As I know, the prosecutor has not charged them yet,” Mr Vibol added. “They have just finished questioning one or two of them.”