Vietnamese immigrants detained

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Officials rounded up 28 Vietnamese nationals in raids over the weekend. Supplied

Immigration police on Saturday detained 28 Vietnamese nationals living and working in Phnom Penh’s Chamkarmorn district.

Lieutenant General Uk Heisela, director of investigations at the Interior Ministry’s department of immigration, said police raided coffee shops and furniture stores throughout Boeung Trabek and Phsar Deum Thkov communes over the weekend, checking all migrant workers for valid visas and proper documents.

“After questioning, we released 18 of the Vietnamese nationals who had the correct paperwork and passports,” Lt Gen Heisela said yesterday.

The 10 others are being detained at the immigration department for further questioning.

“If they have no passports or other legal documents, they will be deported and barred from returning to Cambodia,” he said.

More than 12,000 immigrants from 72 countries have been deported and barred permanently from Cambodia since the government established the general department of immigration in April 2014.

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