Three held for arms trafficking in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) - Three people, have been placed in pre-trial detention by the Siem Reap provincial court for illegally trafficking firearms on Facebook.

Three people, including two university students, have been placed in
pre-trial detention by the Siem Reap provincial court for illegally
trafficking firearms on Facebook, court spokesperson Ream Chan Mony said
on Sunday.

“The provincial court charged and detained them at the provincial
prison for illegal weapons trafficking because they purchased and then
sold weapons illegally,” Chan Mony said.

Siem Reap provincial police chief Tith Narong told The Post on Sunday
that the three suspects were arrested by provincial minor crime police
last Wednesday.

Narong said the crackdown was led by National Police anti-cybercrime
department director Chea Pov in collaboration with the provincial minor
crime police. After an investigation, he said, police detained the three
suspects.

A report issued by the provincial minor crime police identified the
three suspects as Chea Cheab Hor, 19, a university student from Siem
Reap city’s Chreav commune. He was charged with importing, exporting and
processing weapons.

Another university student, Ly Taing Chheng, 20, and Ley Meng
Long, 19 – both from Siem Reap city’s Sala Kamroeuk commune – were
charged with illegally trafficking weapons.

During the operation, police confiscated a black Glock handgun, five
gas containers used to pump gas into guns, several black holsters, three
toolkits, Cheab Hor’s passport, Wing cards and a Thai insurance card.

“Under questioning, the suspects admitted to selling 100 standard
handguns and approximately 300 gas- and air-powered handguns in the
capital and provinces, mostly in Phnom Penh and Preah Sihanouk
province,” Narong said.

Pov told The Post on Sunday: “The online selling of firearms is a
problem which affects national security and social order, and causes
Cambodian people to be afraid.”

He warned young people not to get involved in selling firearms and
requested the public to inform the police of any instances of illegal
trafficking of weapons.

In a separate case last Wednesday, Phnom Penh Municipal Police
arrested an American man in his 30s for concealing illegal weapons. The
suspect was sent to Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

Ministry of Interior deputy crime department chief Keng Sokun told
The Post on Sunday that the suspect was arrested in Chamkarmon
district’s Phsar Doeum Thkov commune.

“Regarding the arrest of the American national, we sent a report to
the prosecutor who is investigating to determine the relevant facts."

“The police submitted the case, and the suspect and evidence have
been sent to the municipal court in line with legal procedures,” he
said.

Neither Phnom Penh Municipal Court spokesperson Ly Sophana,
administrative director Y Rin nor deputy administrative director Sous
Vichea Randy could be reached for comment.

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