Cambodia arrests 29 Chinese suspected of telecoms fraud

PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 July, 2017, 4:38pm
UPDATED : Monday, 17 July, 2017, 11:22pm

Twenty-nine Chinese nationals were arrested in Cambodia on Monday on suspicion of operating a telecoms scam to defraud victims in China, police said, and will be deported next week.

Cambodia has deported 500 Chinese and Taiwanese nationals in recent years in a crackdown on internet and telecoms scams orchestrated from Cambodia, according to police.

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Uk Heisela, investigation chief at Cambodia’s immigration department, said China would send a plane to pick up the suspects next week.

“They will be deported once all documents are done. China will pick them up within a week, at the latest,” Uk Heisela said.

Cambodia sent home 74 Chinese nationals on June 6 who were wanted on suspicion of extorting money from people in China, the first such expulsion this year.

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The Chinese who were arrested in the capital Phnom Penh on Monday had no lawyers because their cases would be handled in China, Uk Heisela said.

Cambodia is one of China’s closest allies in Southeast Asia.

The Southeast Asian nation also deported 13 Taiwanese nationals wanted on the same charges to the mainland last year despite opposition from Taipei, which has accused Beijing of “abducting” its citizens from countries, such as Cambodia, that do not recognise the island’s government.