Police in Bavet City arrested four Vietnamese nationals on Friday for illegally detaining two other Vietnamese men at a casino last week because they had failed to pay back a loan, according to the National Police and the border town’s police chief.
According to a statement posted to the National Police website, employees of the Asia Casino hotel contacted police after they discovered that the two men—Nguyen Thanh Nhat, 29, and Nhat Hiep, 22—were being detained.
After arriving at the hotel, police released the two men and arrested Nguyen Thi, 31; Vu Van Tien, 30; Nguyen Van Thanh, 27; and Vu Thi Nhat, 20, all from Hanoi.
“The reason they illegally detained the two victims was because they borrowed money and did not pay it back,” the statement said. Bavet City police chief Keo Kong confirmed that his officers arrested the four on Friday.
“This case was sent to the immigration police for processing already,” he said, declining to comment further.
Mam Yoy, deputy chief of the city’s immigration police, said the suspects were sent to the Interior Ministry’s immigration department in Phnom Penh on Saturday, but Uk Heisela, the department’s chief of investigations, said he knew nothing about the case.