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Immigration officials question 83 Chinese nationals and seven Indonesians detained for allegedly conducting cybercrime activities in Preah Sihanouk province
Immigration officials question 83 Chinese nationals and seven Indonesians detained for allegedly conducting cybercrime activities in Preah Sihanouk province. Photo supplied

Government arrests 90 for web extortion

Immigration officials arrested 90 Chinese and Indonesian nationals for allegedly running an online extortion scam from Preah Sihanouk province and will deport them to their respective countries later this week.

The bust, which was coordinated with Chinese police, saw the arrest of 83 Chinese and seven Indonesian nationals at five different locations in Sihanoukville, including two casinos and a construction firm.

“Joint authority forces arrived at the place of residence of those Chinese and Indonesian people committing the crime, and they were arrested immediately. But there are no Taiwanese nationals,” Lem Bunheng, Preah Sihanouk provincial prosecutor, said yesterday.

The group was caught with 132 computers, 209 mobile phones and 14 WiFi routers. They are processed for deportation, Bunheng added.

Uk Hai Sela, investigations head at the Ministry of Interior’s Immigration Department, said the accused will be sent to their countries on October 11 or 12.

“We want to send them soon, but their governments have not come and taken them yet,” he said, adding that authorities were working with the embassies to arrange the travel documents.

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