Police detain three men in kidnap plot over gambling debts

Three Chinese gamblers were kidnapped by four other Chinese nationals, including a casino owner, in an effort to recover about $1.22 million in unpaid gambling debts, the Cambodia Daily reported military police as saying.

After one of the held men escaped, however, the alleged kidnappers decided to turn the other two over to authorities, then found themselves detained and sent to court instead, statements from the National Military Police said.

The four were accused of kidnapping, illegally detaining and withholding the passports of Zhun Xiao Liang, 51, and Zhan Qian Qiang, 30, whom they handed over to Phnom Penh military police.

The captured men allegedly owed the money to a casino in Poipet.