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Cambodia starts the year with 72 arrests on gambling crackdown


Authorities in Cambodia have launched numerous operations to crack down on gambling, resulting in 53 criminal cases and 72 arrests across the country in the first month of the year.

According to a spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior, the country’s National Police carried out raids across 53 locations in 15 capitals and provinces. The measures yielded a total of 72 arrests in 29 different locations, with three individuals detained for running an online gambling business in one location, and 69 suspects arrested for local gambling activities in 28 locations.

Crackdowns in 24 other locations led to 49 people being detained, with authorities implementing educational measures and contracts to stop the activities rather than sending the individuals to court.

Sar Sokha, Minister of Interior of Cambodia
Sar Sokha, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of Cambodia

Touch Sokhak, Deputy Spokesman of the Ministry of Interior, said that the country’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Sar Sokha, has made cracking down on gambling one of his six priorities. As a result, authorities under the seventh legislature of the Royal Government, led by Dr. Hun Manet – Prime Minister of Cambodia, are now paying special attention to this kind of activity with a view to combat it effectively.

Frank Schuengel
Frank Schuengel
Frank Schuengel is an online gambling industry veteran with over twenty years of experience in Europe and Asia. Equally at home in the Isle of Man and the Philippines, he started his career as a sports trader before setting up and running whole operations, and more recently focusing on the regulatory and licensing side of things in the worlds of fiat and crypto eGaming. When he is not writing about gambling topics, he can be found cycling around Manila and advocating sustainable transport solutions for a Philippines based mobility magazine.