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Vietnamese gambler detained by compatriots

Two Vietnamese nationals were sent to the Svay Rieng Provincial Court yesterday for holding a Vietnamese gambler against her will over a $10,000 debt.

Bavet town police chief Keo Kong said debt brokers Lo Van Lab, 35, and Vien Van Kan, 35, illegally detained Viet Kim Try, 48, for five days at a casino hotel room in Svay Rieng’s Bavet town with limited food and water until a casino security guard discovered her alone in the room on Tuesday.

“They wanted revenge over the gambling debt she owed,” Kong said.

Police arrested the men yesterday on charges of illegal detention.

They admitted to the crime but said they had acted on orders from an employer in Vietnam named “Hing”.

Kong said this was the second recent case of illegal detention in the Bavet casino, following a similar case in August.

Hing Bun Chea, a Svay Rieng provincial prosecutor, said the court would probably charge the suspects today.  

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