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Indonesian awaiting charges in fraud case

The Indonesian Embassy is awaiting official charges for one of its citizens accused of embezzling $161,000 from a casino in Kandal province.

“We haven’t heard anything from authorities,” first secretary Muhsinin Dolisada said yesterday. “We are still waiting on the process of the subpoena.”

Jefry Sun, an Indonesian labour recruiter, landed 16 of his countrymen jobs at the Grand Dragon Resort in Kandal’s Koh Thom district before allegedly embezzling the funds and hitting the road. As a result, the casino temporarily held 10 of the men as a form of collateral.

Eventually, after some diplomatic manoeuvring by the Indonesian Embassy, the 10 remaining men were allowed to head home. Jefry, for his part, confessed to the crime and was sheltered by the embassy while his charges were formalised. He was ultimately subpoenaed on May 27, according to Dolisada.

But no more word came, so on Friday, Jefry attempted to leave Cambodia for Indonesia.

“When he felt that the charges stopped, he tried to go home on his own will,” Dolisada said. “He went to the airport . . . past immigration checkpoints. But when he wanted to enter the plane’s gate, suddenly some officials said he still had issues in Cambodia.”
Dolisada maintained that there has been little if any information communicated to his embassy about the case.

Kandal prosecutor Lim Sokuntha said he had not heard of any formal charges against the accused.

“There is a complaint from the casino about the [embezzlement], but I have not yet opened an investigation,” he said.

ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY VONG SOKHENG

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