Cambodia frees 47 Malaysians held over alleged illegal online gambling
Phnom Penh, Feb. 16, 2019 (Xinhua/NNN) Cambodia has released 47 Malaysians, held in the kingdom for allegedly involved in illegal online gambling, a Cambodian senior minister said on Saturday.
Othman Hassan, a senior minister in charge of the Islamic Affairs, said at a news conference in northwestern Cambodia’s Banteay Meanchey province.
“The court decided to release them on bail and we handed them over to the Malaysian Government already,’’ Hassan said.
He said an investigation found that they were duped by a job agency syndicate into conducting illegal online gambling activities.
“They are also victims,’’ he said.
According to Hassan, the bail release was made in accordance with the Cambodian law and following a request from the Malaysian government.
He said a low-cost carrier AirAsia plane will arrange a charter flight to bring them home as soon as possible.
The 47 Malaysians, including 10 women, were arrested in Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet City, which borders Thailand, on Dec. 11, 2018, for allegedly running illegal online gambling operations. (Xinhua/NNN)
Edited by Abiodun Oluleye/Abdulfatah Babatunde