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BANGKOK 17 July 2019 20:19
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Chinese nationals face five years for kidnapping

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Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court yesterday charged 12 Chinese nationals for the kidnapping of three fellow nationals over gambling debts. Brigadier General Sith Lah, provincial deputy police chief, yesterday said that the 12 accused men were gamblers and loan sharks working with a Chinese-owned casino in Poipet city, which sits on the Cambodian-Thai border.


He added that they were charged with arrest, detainment and unlawful confinement and face up to five years each in prison if convicted. Brig Gen Lah noted that they were arrested at about 3pm on Saturday after provincial penal police in cooperation with Poipet city police raided two guesthouses in Kbal Spean I village in Poipet commune.


Brig Gen Lah said that they were arrested after they held hostage three Chinese nationals who owed them money from gambling, noting that the accused men planned to extort money from the hostages’ families in China. “After catching the three victims, they took them and detained them in their rental houses,” Brig Gen Lah said. “They beat them and tortured them, causing serious injuries.”

 

https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50615410/foreigners-face-five-years-for-kidnapping/

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Holding them hostage and beating them and "maybe" looking at a 5 year sentence ? Doesnt seem much of a deterrent to me considering in the UK and most civilised countries carry a minimum of 5 with a possible life imprisonment . 

Considering the victims were beaten one would expect the higher end of the sentence .

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2 hours ago, Macthehat said:

Holding them hostage and beating them and "maybe" looking at a 5 year sentence ? Doesnt seem much of a deterrent to me considering in the UK and most civilised countries carry a minimum of 5 with a possible life imprisonment . 

Considering the victims were beaten one would expect the higher end of the sentence .

they are high quality tourists from china, thailand can't (shouldn't) be to harsh with chinese other wise all TAT expectations/estimates will go down the pipes

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