Gov­ern­ment de­ports 235 Chi­nese scam­mers

The Phnom Penh Post - - NATIONAL - Soth Koem­soeun

THE Im­mi­gra­tion Depart­ment of the Min­istry of In­te­rior on Thurs­day de­ported 235 Chi­nese na­tion­als, 35 of whom were fe­male, via the Phnom Penh In­ter­na­tional Air­port for their part in a Voice over In­ter­net Pro­to­col (VoIP) on­line money ex­tor­tion scam.

The de­por­tees were ar­rested on Novem­ber 26 over the VoIP scam which oper­ated in four lo­ca­tions in Takeo prov­ince’s Tram Kak and Bati dis­tricts.

Uk Hai Seila, the di­rec­tor of in­ves­ti­ga­tions at the Min­istry of In­te­rior’s Gen­eral Depart­ment of Im­mi­gra­tion, told The Post on Thurs­day that the 235 would be de­ported and handed over to Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties for them to be­gin le­gal pro­ce­dures in that coun­try.

He stressed that while the gov­ern­ment wel­comes for­eign in­vest­ment in Cam­bo­dia, it will not tol­er­ate those who com­mit crimes.

The Cam­bo­dian au­thor­i­ties, he said, will fol­low nor­mal le­gal pro­ce­dures with­out ex­cep­tion. This is the eighth time this year that the King­dom has de­ported peo­ple found guilty of VoIP scams.

“I would like to in­vite all Cam­bo­di­ans to co­op­er­ate with the au­thor­i­ties. If you sus­pect for­eign­ers of com­mit­ting crimes in rented of­fice com­plexes, houses, guest­houses, clubs or other lo­ca­tions, please re­port it to the po­lice and it will take ac­tion,” Hai Seila said.

The Anti-ter­ror­ism and Transna­tional Crimes Depart­ment at the min­istry co­op­er­ated with Takeo provin­cial po­lice un­der the or­der of Na­tional Po­lice chief Neth Savoeun.

A sub­se­quent or­der from the Takeo provin­cial pros­e­cu­tor re­sulted in raids and the ar­rest of the 235 Chi­nese na­tion­als in four lo­ca­tions in Takeo prov­ince.

Sixty peo­ple were de­tained in Bos Tapong vil­lage, Tra­paing Kran­houng com­mune, Tram Kak district. Ten scam­mers were ar­rested in Bos Tapong vil­lage, while the third and fourth raids took place in Bati district.

Po­lice seized 70 peo­ple in Taing Doung vil­lage, while a fur­ther 90 were ar­rested in Prey Kay vil­lage in the same Taing Doung com­mune.

Af­fil­i­ated Net­work for So­cial Ac­count­abil­ity ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor San Chey said said de­por­ta­tion must con­tinue since peo­ple are still able to come to Cam­bo­dia to look for op­por­tu­ni­ties to com­mit of­fences.

“They are spoil­ing the rep­u­ta­tion of other Chi­nese na­tion­als who are re­spon­si­ble and have prop­erly in­vested mil­lions of dol­lars in Cam­bo­dia,” he said.

In a re­port by the min­istry’s Gen­eral Depart­ment of Im­mi­gra­tion is­sued on Thurs­day, Cam­bo­dia has de­ported 755 Chi­nese na­tion­als, of which 150 were women.

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