Taiwan, China nationals held in Cambodia over Internet extortion charges

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The foreigners, originating from Taiwan (12) and China (6), are currently being questioned at the provincial police headquarters. (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN)

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) — Eighteen foreign nationals were arrested for alleged Internet scams and extortion in Kampong Speu Province’s Baset District on July 17.

The foreigners, originating from Taiwan (12) and China (6), are currently being questioned at the provincial police headquarters.

Baset District Police Chief Um Chamroeun told The Phnom Penh Post on Thursday that the Kampong Speu provincial task force cracked down and detained the suspects around 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

Chamroeun said the ages of the detained ranged from 20 to more than 30 years old. He said he did not know exactly what crimes they were accused of.

He added that the group worked out of an office in Svay Chachib commune’s Char village, which they had leased for two months from an intermediary.

“The suspects came to stay without informing local authorities, but the police were made aware of the case because locals reported it to them.

“We sent our informants who then confirmed the suspects were there,” said Chamroeun.

The report said police seized five laptops, 29 mobile phones, 33 desk phones, four iPads, one desktop computer, two printers and office equipment along with two piles of a total of 52 fake bills of US$ currency.

Provincial police chief Sam Samuon and his deputy Nhem Sao claimed that they were unaware of the case.

By Kim Sarom