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Cambodia: Over 100 Chinese to be deported for online scam  

The Phnom Penh Post

Some of the 128 Chinese nationals apprehended for their alleged involvement in an online money extortion scam

By Kim Sarom / The Phnom Penh PostThe Interior Ministry is planning to deport 128 Chinese nationals after they were arrested in Preah Sihanouk Province on Aug. 14 for their alleged involvement in an online money extortion scam. Y Sokhy, the head of the Department of Counterterrorism and Transnational Crime, told The Post on Aug. 15 that the Chinese nationals were being questioned at the Interior Ministry’s General Department of Immigration.

“These people were involved in online scams. When our procedures are complete, the police will send them out of Cambodia,” he said.

Provincial police chief Chuon Narin told The Post that the department made the arrests in collaboration with the provincial police, provincial court and Chinese police.

He said the authorities made arrests at two locations in Mittapheap district — a five-story building in Village II’s Group 26 in Commune III and the Royal Princess Guesthouse in Village III’s Group IV in Commune II. Narin said he could not provide details of the suspects’ activities as his police officers had only cooperated as representatives of the local authority. A few hours after the arrests, he said, the police sent the suspects to the Interior Ministry.

“More than 10 of the suspects are women. I’m not sure what offenses they are accused of as we just offered assistance in the operation.

“Their arrest complied with a warrant from Chinese police,” he said.

In December last year, the General Department of Immigration deported 235 Chinese nationals, including 35 women, for their part in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) online money extortion scam.

Cheap Sotheary, the provincial coordinator for rights group Adhoc, said on Aug. 15 that such scams targeted other Chinese nationals.

She said the cases were investigated by Chinese police in collaboration with Cambodian authorities.

“When we first learned last year that the authorities had arrested a large number of Chinese people for being involved in an extortion scam, we were surprised. But we’re not surprised anymore, because it is happening too often,” Sotheary said.Speech

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