Three Chinese nationals were charged with kidnapping and attempted murder yesterday by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, according to a district police official.
The men – identified as Chin Lihong, 49, Zhou Fujian, 40, and Zhou Chinling, 33 – allegedly severely beat another Chinese man in Por Sen Chey district’s Choam Chao commune over a $26,000 unpaid debt.
Police were alerted to the crime by the victim, 48-year-old Y Chongling, who said the alleged attackers beat him when he told them he could not afford to pay off his debts.
Lieutenant Colonel Yim Saran, chief of Por Sen Chey district police, said the men were charged yesterday with attempted murder and illegal detention for the purpose of extorting money.
“They now have been temporarily detained at our district police office. They will be sent back to the court for the investigative judge to decide about their detention,” he said.
Saran added that the men were arrested on Friday at their rented villa in Trea village after Chongling called the police and requested they rescue him.
“They got angry with the victim for not returning money back to them. So they caught him while he was driving a rental car in Preah Vihear province, brought him to Phnom Penh and detained him at their rental villa in order to force him to return their money,” Saran added.