Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Family of kidnapping victim pays $150,000 ransom

Family of kidnapping victim pays $150,000 ransom

Family of kidnapping victim pays $150,000 ransom

The owner of a Phnom Penh car dealership, who was kidnapped after being blessed by monks, has been released after his family stumped up a US$150,000 ransom.

Chief of the Kandal Police, Iv Chamroeun, said that 40-year-old In Keang Mea – owner of a Ing Keang Mea Garage II in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kork district – was released and returned to his family on Sunday night.

He was kidnapped at gunpoint by four men at about 8.30pm on June 13 while driving with his family in a Lexus.

He was returning home after being blessed by monks at a pagoda in Kandal’s Kandal Stung district.

“He is now safe, but the kidnappers were not arrested,” Iv Chamroeun told The Phnom Penh Post yesterday, following Sunday’s payment.

“We regret that we could not arrest the kidnappers as planned because there was no cooperation from the victim’s family. However, our police are still continuing our hard work in following, investigating and researching [the case] in order to arrest and bring [the guilty men] for prosecutions.”

Although In Keang Mea is now recovering at home, he added, the family have declined to provide further information about the kidnappers identity or their whereabouts.

MOST VIEWED

  • Prince injured, wife dies after accident

    THE wife of former First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh, Ouk Phalla, 39, died while the prince was “severely” injured following a road accident in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nub district on Sunday morning, officials said. Rananriddh, who is also the president of the Funcinpec

  • Bun Heang mocks US, threatens its citizens in scathing open letter

    After being hit with sanctions from the US Department of Treasury, Cambodian General Hing Bun Heang said he would retaliate against any US national who does not respect his country’s sovereignty, has ambitions to invade Cambodia or incites “traitors” in the Kingdom to do

  • Police warn boycott FB group involved in the “Clean Fingers Campaign”

    Police said on Tuesday that they will pick up members of a Facebook group involved in the “Clean Fingers Campaign” that promotes a boycott of next month’s national elections. However, police merely planned to “educate” the group for now, but warned that if the

  • Ranariddh 'seriously injured', his wife dies in accident in Preah Sihanouk

    THE wife of former first prime minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh has died. Ouk Phalla succumbed to injuries sustained in a traffic accident on National Road 4 in Preah Sihanouk’s Prey Nub district this morning. She and the prince were immediately rushed to the Preah Sihanouk