Let those found not guilty go


Malaysia asks Cambodia to expedite probe on the 47 detainees, free those not involved in online gambling

Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia hopes that the Cambodian authorities would expedite their investigation process on the 47 Malaysians being held at the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Prison so that those not guilty could be freed soon, said Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

“The earlier, the better. Of the 47 detained, we ask that those not involved in any wrongdoing be released immediately.

“We are confident that the majority of those detained are not involved in any offence because they are just victims of a job scam,” he told the media after attending the Foreign Ministry Inter-Agency meeting here yesterday.

Wisma Putra confirmed last Thursday the detention of the 47 Malaysians in Cambodia since Dec 11 last year on charges of cheating, initiating and carrying out illegal online gambling activities.

Saifuddin also contacted Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Prak Sokhonn, who is also the Foreign and International Cooperation Minister, on Wednesday to express Malaysia’s hope for the early release of the detainees.

Saifuddin also thanked the Cambodian and Sarawak governments as well as the affected parties for their full cooperation in handling the matter.

“I think the 47 detainees have already appointed their own lawyers, but as a responsible government we have also sent our legal officers there to help them,” he said, adding that Malaysia respected Cambodia’s laws.

Saifuddin advised Malaysians to understand that the case occurred because Cambodia practised the French legal system, which is different from Malaysia’s ‘common law’.

“So, sometimes there are different interpretations, and that’s why we have sent out legal officers over,” he said. — Bernama