Cambodia deports 130 Chinese after mass cybercrime arrests

Reports say more suspects would be extradited to China in batches.

Cambodia has deported the first batch of 700 suspected Chinese cyber scammers arrested in the southern port city of Sihanoukville after two joint operations in March by local and Beijing-backed law enforcement agencies.

Some 130 were quietly deported through Phnom Penh Airport on April 13 — seen handcuffed, wearing blue vests and with face masks on and escorted by Chinese police — when the capital had effectively shut down for Khmer New Year celebrations.

“This marks the first batch of suspects jointly targeted for extradition by the law enforcement agencies of both countries in the crackdown on gambling and fraud-related crimes this year,” the Chinese government mouthpiece, China Daily, said.

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