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Migrant workers return to Indonesia

Ten Indonesian migrants that were being held in a Kandal casino have gone home.

Muhsinnin Dolisada, a first secretary at the Indonesian Embassy in Phnom Penh, said the workers left yesterday.

“On the 30th of May, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs contacted us and said the 10 Indonesians are free to go unconditionally,” he said. “The [other] six had already left Cambodia.”

The 16 men were wrapped up in an alleged embezzlement scheme committed by their labour recruiter Jefry Sun, who reportedly stole $161,000 of the Grand Dragon Resort’s money.

The casino filed a lawsuit against 10 of the Indonesians. The embassy reported evidence of physical abuse of three of the “unlawfully detained” men.

As for Sun, he is under the authority of the Indonesian Embassy, according to Dolisada. To his knowledge, the money has yet to be returned.

Abelian Yodha, another first secretary, said that the embassy is working to register the more than 500 Indonesians currently working in Kandal to make sure the issue doesn’t repeat itself.

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