Cambodia arrests 38 Chinese citizens sought by Beijing

Thirty-eight Chinese wanted by authorities in their home country are facing deportation after being arrested at a casino in Cambodia's western border town of Poipet, police said Thursday.

Cambodian Deputy National Police Chief Gen. Chhay Sinarith said Chinese police took part in rounding up 105 Chinese citizens Wednesday at the Golden Crown Casino's hotel, releasing 67 after confirming they were not on wanted lists.

Police said the people arrested are suspected of involvement in scams carried out against Chinese citizens over Internet phone services. They were taken to the capital, Phnom Penh, and will be deported to China when the Interior Ministry issues its approval, Chhay Sinarith said.

In November, a raid in the southern province of Preah Sihanouk netted 166 Chinese citizens suspected of carrying out similar activities.

Chhay Sinarith said more than 1,000 Chinese have been arrested and deported in the past six years, most of them for fraud or extortion using the Internet.