Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Police arrest 39 accused of extortion

Police arrest 39 accused of extortion

Police arrest 39 accused of extortion

Authorities in Phnom Penh on Friday arrested 39 Chinese nationals for suspected involvement in a phone-based extortion ring, the Cambodian National Police announced on their website yesterday.

A raid by Ministry of Interior police found 27 men and 12 women using a house in the capital’s Chamkarmon district to make unsourced calls to China using voice over internet protocol, the website says.

Authorities do not know the suspects’ identities and are investigating further, it says.

The website notes this was one of many recent arrests resulting from an investigation into international phone scams based in Cambodia.

After a raid in January, police reported that more than 500 Chinese and Taiwanese nationals accused of extortion had been deported since 2010.

Government authorities from the Ministry of Interior and the Department of Intelligence referred questions to National Police spokesman Kirt Chantharith, who could not be reached.

MOST VIEWED

  • Archeologists find ancient phallic statue

    An archeological team has found a metre-long tipless stone linga (penis) of the Hindu deity Shiva in the foundations of a temple in Kratie province’s historical Samphu Borak area, a former capital of the pre-Angkor Empire Chenla period. Thuy Chanthourn, the deputy director of

  • Man arrested for fake PM endorsement

    The owner of currency exchange company GCG Asia Co Ltd was temporarily detained by the court yesterday for attempted fraud after Prime Minister Hun Sen reacted to the company using his name and pictures to allege his endorsement of the firm. Phnom Penh Municipal Court

  • Sihanoukville authority orders structure dismantled

    The Preah Sihanouk provincial administration has ordered owners of two unauthorised construction sites to immediately dismantle them and warned of legal action if the owners failed to comply. Ly Chet Niyom, development management and construction bureau chief at the provincial hall, told The Post on

  • Police seek arrest of Chinese ‘gang’

    Cambodian police remain on the lookout for 20 Chinese nationals who earlier this month posted a video clip threatening to stoke insecurity in Preah Sihanouk province, though the Chinese Embassy in Phnom Penh maintained the group posed no threats to Cambodia’s national security. National Police