Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Casino kidnapping case heard

Casino kidnapping case heard

Poipet casino owner Ding Chunyaun (left) outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday, where he is on trial for illegally detaining a man in lieu of unpaid debts.
Poipet casino owner Ding Chunyaun (left) outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday, where he is on trial for illegally detaining a man in lieu of unpaid debts. Niem Chheng

Casino kidnapping case heard

A casino owner yesterday maintained his innocence in a bizarre kidnapping and extortion case at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, while also contradicting his own lawyer’s statements.

Casino owner Ding Chunyaun, 55, and accomplice Zhan Qian Qiang, 30, are charged with illegal detention for holding gambler Zhun Xiao Liang from January 5 until February 28 against his will in Poipet town, while trying to force his family to pay back debts.

The plaintiff acknowledged he owed about $800,000 but said 10 Chinese men kidnapped him, demanding that he pay about $450,000 immediately.

“They sent pictures of my confinement to my wife. They did not give me food regularly,” he said in his police report.

Ding’s lawyer Keto Sovandy pointed to his client’s visa as proof of innocence, arguing that it showed he arrived in Cambodia a day after the kidnapping. Ding, however, said he had been in the country but not in Poipet. His alleged accomplice wasn’t present in the courtroom.

Municipal Military Police Secretariat Or Kem An said four suspects had been arrested, but he did not know the whereabouts of the other two. A verdict is expected soon.

MOST VIEWED

  • Kingdom’s domestic milk still cannot compete with imports

    Price competition and a lack of confidence by consumers are the main reasons the dairy market cannot compete with imports, said domestic milk producers. The large displays of imported fresh milk at the Kingdom’s supermarkets present a cumbersome obstacle for local producers, they said.

  • ‘Pesticide-laden cucumbers’ kill two, poison 150 in Banteay Meanchey

    At least two youths have died and 243 others are being treated for vomiting, diarrhoea, breathing difficulties, dizziness and muscle weakness after they ate cucumbers suspected to consist of pesticides. The incident happened on Saturday, said Banteay Meanchey provincial police chief Ath Khem. He told The

  • Three dead, 13 injured in collapse at Siem Reap pagoda

    At least three people were killed and more than 10 others injured on Monday after a dining hall under construction collapsed at Prasat Kokchak pagoda in Kokchak commune, Siem Reap province. Provincial police chief Tith Narong said Military Police, soldiers and local volunteers had successfully recovered 16

  • China Unicom enters Cambodia

    China Unicom, the country’s largest telecoms operator, has expanded into Cambodia to build optical telecommunication pathways in the Kingdom as part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The Hong Kong-listed company officially opened its China Unicom (Cambodia) subsidiary on Monday to become the

  • Forest Harmony’s $18M luxury villas break ground in Kampot

    Local and French joint-venture Forest Harmony has broken ground on its $18 million “second-home” Luxury Holiday Villas project in Kampot province. Century 21 Mekong CEO and local shareholder of the project Chrek Soknim told The Post that the project will comprise 90 villa units covering 18ha on a 97

  • PP-SHV Expressway on track for completion in early 2023

    The construction of the $1.9 billion Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway, which broke ground at the end of March, is on track to be completed by early 2023, Ministry of Public Works and Transport spokesman Vasim Sorya said on Monday. The 190km high-speed highway linking the capital to the