Police dismantle gambling operation, catch over 100

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Phnom Penh Municipal Military Police are questioning more than 100 suspects involved in a covert online gambling operation in violation of the government’s ban on rallies and gambling regulations.

Their arrests followed a raid on a condominium on 508 Street in Phsar Doeum Thkov commune of Chamkarmon district.

National Military Police spokesman Eng Hy told the Post that the suspects have gathered to gamble online. He said those involved in the operation would be sent to court on gambling charges.

A Phnom Penh military police official who asked not to be named told The Post on August 22 that most of the suspects were Chinese and officials were still looking for other suspects.

The source said those who were not directly involved in the offenses would likely only receive a warning and be released.

“We will send everyone involved in the gambling operation to court. As for those who were not involved in the crime, such as cooks, security guards and vendors, we will not prosecute them, ”he said.

He said the suspects, including some Vietnamese nationals, were being questioned, but those believed to be behind the crime would be brought to court within 48 hours of their arrest.

“The prosecutor has temporarily closed the condominium, pending further legal proceedings,” he said.