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Police arrest 10 in Phnom Penh gambling raid

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Police in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh have arrested ten suspects for illegal gambling activities as part of a coordinated raid.

The arrests came as a result of a joint operation conducted by the Cambodian Gambling Management Commission and the Anti-Gambling Department of the Ministry of Interior. It targeted two establishments said to be operating under a brand called 8888 in the Khan 7 Makara district of Phnom Penh that were allegedly involved in illegal lottery operations according to local media.

The enforcement action coincides with the release of government figures on arrests related to illegal gambling in 2023. Over the past year, the police executed 1,786 operations against illegal gambling, resulting in the apprehension of 3,155 individuals, including 1,238 women. Additionally, 700 offenders faced legal proceedings, and the Ministry of Interior also revealed that these operations were carried out across 712 locations.

Touch Sokhak, spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior outlined the multifaceted approach adopted during the operations. It involved arrests, administrative actions such as contract signing and education, as well as inspections conducted at 302 locations. The authorities seized 10 vehicles, 390 motorcycles, and 143 fighting roosters during these efforts. Notably, the operations led to the submission of 165 cases involving 710 individuals to the courts.

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.

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