According to UN sanctions, North Korean nationals are not allowed to work in Cambodia. But these 16 men used tourist visas and worked illegally for nearly a year in the Kingdom,” said Kimsan in an interview with The Khemer Times.
Officials will begin inspecting all casinos nationwide beginning Jan. 1 to make sure they have shut down their online operations, Ros Phearun, deputy director-general of the Finance Ministry’s financial industry department, told Reuters.
“if Cambodia’s economy continues to rely on online gambling, Cambodia’s national security will be compromised.” Hun Sen added that Cambodia risked becoming “a haven for money laundering” by “organized crime groups who will come to Cambodia to carry out their activities.”
NagaCorp’s original deal with Cambodia’s government gave the company a 70-year gaming license expiring in 2065. The deal also assured NagaCorp of a casino monopoly in and around Phnom Penh — with a few geographic exceptions, such as Sihanoukville and along the border with Vietnam — until January 1, 2036. The deal announced Tuesday extends that monopoly until December 31, 2045.
Sihanoukville has opened its newest casino, and it has Cambodian officials excited about the economic opportunity it will bring. The Goddess of Liberty Casino opened on October 30, with government dignitaries on hand to celebrate.