Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Six held over extortion, police impersonation in Preah Sihanouk

Six held over extortion, police impersonation in Preah Sihanouk

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Five Cambodians and a Chinese national were arrested after another Chinese national filed a complaint about being extorted of $2,300. POLICE

Six held over extortion, police impersonation in Preah Sihanouk

Five Cambodians and a Chinese national – all men – were arrested on Tuesday after another Chinese national filed a complaint about being extorted of $2,300.

Preah Sihanouk Provincial police chief Chuon Narin told The Post that the six suspects were arrested after they impersonated police officers and extorted money from the victim. The six were sent to court on Thursday.

The suspects were able to extort $2,300 from the victim, and they planned on collecting $1,700 more, he said.

“Because the victim could not afford to give money to them, he asked for legal assistance. As the police, we must protect victims and citizens,” Narin said.

A Preah Sihanouk provincial administration report said four of the suspects work for news organisations.

They are Hak Sothea Panha, 30, an employee of Cambodia News Plus; Uon Bros, 27, an employee of CAM POST; Sem Sokda, 30, an assistant to Bros, and Chen Bunthoen, 27, an employee of NEWS Online. Three of them live in Mittapheap district’s Commune IV, in Sihanoukville, Preah Sihanouk.

The two other suspects are Chamroeun Leangmeng, 27, a construction contractor from Commune IV and Zhou Dongya, 30, a taxi driver from Commune III.

The victim, 29-year-old Zhang Kang, is a tour guide from Commune IV.

The report said that on Sunday, the six suspects, who were dressed in civilian clothes, were driving a car and two motorbikes when they pulled Kang over. Kang was travelling to Borey Kuch Asia in Commune III at the time.

The suspects then planted drugs in Kang’s car and alleged that they belonged to him. They demanded $4,000 and warned Kang that they would arrest him if he didn’t pay.

Frightened, he made a phone call to his wife and friends and was able to collect $2,300 to pay the suspects. He promised to pay the additional amount in the future.

After receiving a complaint from Kang, authorities investigated and identified the suspects.

MOST VIEWED

  • First Cambodian woman graduates from Japan’s NDA military academy

    A few years ago, Meach Sithyka Jessica became the first-ever Cambodian woman to graduate from the US Military Academy at West Point, and since then her courage and determination has served as an inspiration for other Cambodian women. Similarly, Ly Chansocheata became the first Cambodian

  • Construction begins on $1.5B Kampot seaport

    The International Multi-Purpose Logistics and Port Centre, principally invested by Kampot Logistics and Port Co Ltd and projected to cost $1.5 billion, has officially broken ground in Bokor town, Kampot province. The multi-purpose logistics and port centre, located in Prek Tnaot commune, will be built on

  • Cambodia eyes key role in electronics, auto hubs in SEA

    Two roadmaps, part of the LDC’s economic diversification plan, were designed to see it through its migration process, but experts say the journey might be arduous, particularly in the presence of two established hubs in the region By 2028, Cambodia hopes to have exited the

  • Hun Neng, lawmaker and PM’s brother, passes away aged 72

    Hun Neng, chairman of the 4th Commission of the National Assembly, has passed away from heart disease at the age of 72 on the afternoon of May 5, according to the Ministry of Information. Hun Neng is the older brother of Prime Minister Hun Sen, and was

  • CCC team off on US business trip

    The Kingdom’s leading economists and private sector representatives have called on the US to renew its tax preferential status for Cambodian exports, as a Cambodia Chamber of Commerce (CCC) delegation departed for a weeklong business visit to the US, where they will meet with

  • PM meets with US business giants

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has met with a number of major US companies who have expressed interest in investing in Cambodia, in a meeting convened by the US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC). A delegation of companies – including Amazon, Meta, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Ford, Visa and Pernod