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.