Cambodia deports 63 Chinese, Taiwanese over alleged web scam

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) " Cambodia says it has deported 50 Chinese and 13 Taiwanese citizens to China over an alleged internet scam, complying with demands from Beijing.

Gen. Ouk Haiseila, chief of the Cambodian Interior Ministry's Immigration Investigation Bureau, said Wednesday that the suspects were flown out of Cambodia on Tuesday. He said the Chinese government sent a special plane from Beijing to take them back.

In June, Taiwan protested after Cambodia deported 25 Taiwanese internet scam suspects to rival China in the latest snub of the self-ruled island. Cambodia regards Taiwan to be part of China.

The latest group of 63 suspects was arrested late last month in a rented house in Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital. They were accused of defrauding victims in China using phone calls made over the internet.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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