Skeptical Officials Question Sum Stolen Outside PP Bank

Phnom Penh Municipal Police chief Touch Naruth on Wednes­day raised questions over the amount of money taken from a Taiwanese businessman who was robbed Tuesday morning in the parking lot of Acleda Bank’s headquarters.

The bank’s security cameras recorded four armed men on two motorbikes holding up 52-year-old Ly Minh Yang as he carried a black plastic bag allegedly filled with $50,000 cash, Touch Naruth said Wednesday by telephone.

Police verified the victim withdrew $50,000 that morning from First Commercial Bank, but “it raises a question mark. Why didn’t he transfer his money by the bank’s system?” Touch Naruth asked. Moreover, the recording doesn’t reveal the bag’s actual contents and while the victim was allegedly struck with a hammer, police observed no marks on his body, Touch Naruth said.

Acleda Bank Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer Chhang Soeun said their policy with Asia Insurance (Cam­bodia) Plc solely insures customers’ actual deposits.

“We don’t insure the money in the owner’s pocket,” Chhang Soeun said by telephone Wednes­day. Acleda is now increasing camera surveillance at its headquarters and also requesting the Interior Ministry to boost police presence from eight to 12 officers, Chhang Soeun added.

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