Cambodian officials have said that the 47 Malaysians held in Banteay Meanchey provincial prison on suspicion of running an online gambling and fraud racket would have to go through the Cambodian legal system.
The Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday issued a press release regarding the detention of its nationals at the Banteay Meanchey provincial prison since December 11.
Officials at the Malaysian embassy in Phnom Penh said the “detainees were offered jobs with an attractive pay”.
The source said the suspects were charged with several offences, including fraud and running an online gambling operation.
Malaysian media reports said the suspects denied the charges and that Malaysian officials would meet with Cambodian Ministry of Justice officials this week to discuss the case.
Malin said that if found guilty, the suspects would either serve their sentences in Cambodia or be deported to Malaysia by agreement.