Four casino owners in China have been accused of kidnapping gambling debtors

After being allegedly kidnapped, illegally detained, and holding the passports of three people, four Chinese nationals including Poipet City, a casino owner, were recently arrested by the Phnom Penh city military police.

Cambodia Daily reported that the casino owner, 55-year-old Ding Chunyaun, allegedly ordered the trio of legs to kidnap three gamblers, all also Chinese nationals, for not paying off debt accumulated at the casino located in Cambodia’s Banteay Meanchey province in late December. A statement posted on the military police Facebook page identified the casino owner, along with three legs, as 34-year-old Zhang Janwen, 45-year-old Hao Boshi, and 54-year-old Zhang Xiaofei.

According to the statement, “After a thorough investigation, the Phnom Penh city military police found that Ding Chunyaun was the leader with three other colleagues,” and, “They are a mafia group that has kidnapped Chinese and other foreigners in Cambodia,” the news agency reported.

On Monday, military police said that the casino owner and his three accomplices concocted a plan to kidnap and extort money from the three gamblers’ family in an attempt to recover about $ 1,220,000 in unpaid gambling debt. However, on February 28 the day after the indebted gambler, 46-year-old Liu Junshen, reportedly escaped their custody, the alleged kidnappers apparently decided to turn the other two into the Phnom Penh military police, only to be detained alone and sent to the Municipal Court on Sunday. The military police reportedly said that the photos and phone messages were sent to Mr. Liang’s wife in China.

According to the police, Junshen allegedly owed the casino $ 300,000, while 30-year-old Zhan Qian Qiang owed $ 150,000, and 51-year-old Zhun Xiao Liang, owner of an unidentified Chinese company, was $ 770,000 in debt.

The three attempted to escape and sought help from the Chinese Embassy in Phnom Penh, with only Junshen succeeding in doing so. After Junshen escaped Qiang was said to be responsible for looking after two other people held in a locked cage located in an apartment not far from the casino, police reportedly said.

According to the news agency, it was not clear if four people had been charged.

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