Police in Battambang province busted an internet cafe for running an online gambling operation which went against its licence conditions, resulting in the arrest of the owner and 22 people betting on the games in Battambang town on Saturday.
Town police chief Pang Heang said that among the 22 gamblers arrested, four were under 18.
“We cooperated with the provincial police. We arrested 22 people including and they were educated and signed a contract not to continue their activities,” he said. “The owner was Heng Bunhak.”
Mr Heang said police seized 39 computers, 38 keyboards, 38 mouses, 36 earphones, 38 desktop cases, two bicycles and 16 motorbikes.
The shop was only supposed to be serving coffee and offering internet connections, but was instead being used as a place in which teens were betting on online games.
Cheth Vanny, deputy provincial police chief who led the operation, said that though the internet cafe was licenced, it was not following the rules.
“The internet cafe was actually licensed by the Department of Telecommunications, but it did not comply with the conditions,” he said.
“The cafe is only supposed to serve the coffee and the internet service, but it went beyond that by secretly providing online gambling.”
According to Mr Vanny, the 22 gamblers went through urine tests and all came back negative.
Mr Vanny said police were preparing to send Mr Bunhak, 25, to the provincial court for questioning.