Cambodia warns World Cup punters

2010-06-08 10:17

Cambodian authorities have warned that they would arrest anyone

trying to bet on the upcoming World Cup football tournament, local media

reported today.

The tournament starts in South Africa on June 11.

Phnom Penh’s police chief, Touch Naruth, said the announcement tied

in with a ban on all forms of gambling decreed by Prime Minister Hun Sen in

February 2009.

“We know that some countries in the world allow betting on the

World Cup, but Cambodia will not allow it,” he told the Phnom Penh Post


“We are strictly standing by the decision of Prime Minister Hun Sen

to eliminate all forms of gambling,” he said, adding that the prohibition

extended to foreigners too.

The government last year outlawed all forms of gambling by

Cambodians, citing a link between the practice and a perceived decline in moral


Casinos are not affected because Cambodian citizens are, in theory,

barred from entering them – except to work.

A local police chief told the newspaper that officials would be on

the lookout for transgressors. “If any commune police chief ignores illegal

betting, he will face being fired from his post,” said Born Sam Ath.

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