Australia Helps Police in Fight Against Biker Gangs

Hoping to boost Cambodia’s ability to prevent biker gangs from establishing a presence in the country, Australia donated equipment to penal police on Tuesday to help them better track criminals, police said Tuesday.

“All this equipment will be used for our police operations to crack down on gangsters,” said Pal Sothy, deputy director of the Interior Ministry’s penal police department.

At a ceremony on Tuesday morning at the ministry in Phnom Penh, Australian Embassy officials donated cameras, voice recorders, binoculars and printers, Mr. Sothy said.

The donation follows a seminar held by Australian police in Bangkok in April that focused on preventing crimes by biker gangs. “Because of the difficulty in cracking down on these kind of gangsters, [Australia] intends to help other countries…and does not want them to have these kind of gangsters in their countries,” Mr. Sothy said.

“They gave us this equipment in order to protect security and public order in our country and also prevent these gangsters coming in from other countries.”

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Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Australia had donated the equipment to police on Monday. It was donated on Tuesday.

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