South Koreans Charged Over Internet Gambling Ring

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday charged 23 South Korean men over an illegal Internet gambling operation they are suspected of running out of two rented houses in Sen Sok district, a court official said.

The 23 were arrested by anti-terrorism police in coordinated raids on the houses on Friday.

South Korean men accused of running an illegal Internet gambling operation arrive at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday. (Khem Sovannara)
South Korean men accused of running an illegal Internet gambling operation arrive at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday. (Khem Sovannara)

At the time, authorities said the men were accused of using Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, technology to extort money from people in South Korea, citing a large volume of outgoing calls from the properties.

On Wednesday, Investigating Judge Seang Leang said only that the 23 had been sent to prison to await trial, declining to comment further.

A court clerk, Theng Ramy, said they were charged with facilitating illegal online gambling, also declining to elaborate.

Y Sok Khy, director of the Interior Ministry’s anti-terrorism department, whose officers cooperated with officials from the Ministry of Posts and Tel­ecommunications in apprehending the suspects last week, refused to answer questions about the case on Wednesday.

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