Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Five charged in Poipet ‘kidnapping’ case

Five charged in Poipet ‘kidnapping’ case

Five charged in Poipet ‘kidnapping’ case

The Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court on Saturday charged two Thai nationals – initially believed to be innocent victims of a kidnapping – with attempted drug purchasing, while their three Cambodian captors were charged with fraud and illegal detention, said Major Ham Muth, commander of the Poipet City Military Police.

Cambodians Phan Kouy, 29; Yi Channa, 33; and Seng Daniseth, 32, were charged with attempting to swindle the two Thai nationals identified only as Abe, 29, and Ami, 31, out of money intended for a large-scale drug deal, and illegally detaining the pair in a Poipet guesthouse in an attempt to extort the full amount, Muth said.

“The two Thai men were also charged with two crimes: illegal entry into Cambodia and intending to buy drugs in Cambodia,” he added. “According to the Cambodian penal code, if they are found guilty, they will face punishments of at least 15 years each in prison.” 

To contact the reporter on this story: Buth Reaksmey Kongkea at [email protected]

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

  • Guards protest dismissals, reject claims of sharing naked photos of child

    Some 20 former security guards at the US Embassy in Phnom Penh protested on Tuesday against their dismissal. They accused their employers of falsely claiming they had viewed and shared child pornography from their mobile phones as grounds for their termination. In total, 32 personnel were dismissed

  • 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