19 Japanese Nationals Suspected of Online Crimes Deported by Cambodia

Cambodia intends to deport 19 Japanese nationals who were arrested in January last year on suspicion of involvement in organized telephone fraud.

A spokesman for the country’s immigration police said the Japanese embassy in Cambodia is making arrangements for their repatriation, but no date has yet been set.

And Japanese Public Radio and Television (NHK) reported that Tokyo police had received arrest warrants for 19 Japanese on suspicion of a phone scam from Cambodia targeting Japanese residents.

NHK said Cambodian authorities, who searched the suspects’ hotel rooms, “discovered a list of the names of Japanese nationals believed to be the victims of a fraudulent scheme.”

Nineteen Japanese were detained in the southern city of Sihanoukville on January 24 and taken to the capital Phnom Penh, where they remained in detention after an investigation by the Ministry of the Interior.

The Sihanoukville police said at the time that they opened the case after they were told by a criminal hotline that about two dozen Japanese were being held there on suspicion of extorting money.

Source: “AB”

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