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Three in Phnom Penh court for extortion bid

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The suspects were arrested for attempting to extort money from a man at a hotel in the Boeung Keng Kang I commune in Boeung Keng Kang district. Police

Three in Phnom Penh court for extortion bid

Police sent three suspects to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday for attempting to extort money from a man at a hotel in the Boeung Keng Kang I commune in Boeung Keng Kang district.

The victim, a 31-year-old male karaoke worker named Lin Wei Xian had also been staying at a hotel in the same commune.

Boeung Keng Kang district police chief Sim Piseth said on Thursday that the suspects were arrested for pushing Xian into a car and torturing him to extort money.

A report from the Phnom Penh municipal police station identified the three suspects as a 35-year-old man who lives close to the Ministry of National Defence, a 32-year-old man who lives in the vicinity of Koh Pich, and a 31-year-old male gold miner who lives in Kakab commune in Por Sen Chey district.

“I don’t know yet how the court will decide on the case. The suspects extorted money from relatives of the victim and the victim himself. But the offenders have yet to receive money from the victims,” he said.

Police said they seized a car which could have been a getaway vehicle, two phones, $326, two electric shocking batons, a bank card, two handcuffs, four black face masks, a passport, a cluster of keys and a black bag.

Piseth confirmed that specialists from the Boeung Keng Kang police station had sent the suspects to court on Thursday after district and capital police forces launched an operation to crack down on an extortion case at a hotel in the commune.

He also confirmed police had rescued a Chinese victim.

Piseth said the operation was carried out on orders from National Police chief Neth Savoeun and Phnom Penh municipal police chief Sar Thet. The operation was led by municipal deputy police chief Song Ly.

The police report said the three suspects and the exhibits have been held at the Boeung Keng Kang district police station since April 12, and that police had built a case file to be referred to the court on Thursday for further legal procedure.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court spokesman Kouch Kimlong could not be reached for comment Thursday.

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