Cambodia Moves to End Online Gambling

Cambodia will no longer issue licenses to online gambling businesses, and all existing licenses will not be renewed when they are expired, Prime Minister Hun Sen said in a directive on Sunday.

“The Royal Government stops granting principles and licenses to operate online gambling businesses inside and outside Cambodia from the day of signature on this directive onwards,” the prime minister stated.

“For valid licenses holders, they will be allowed to operate until the licenses are expired. After that, the Ministry of Economy and Finance will not renew their licenses any longer,” he added

The prime minister also ordered the authorities at all levels to intensify investigations and suppression on all illegal online gambling businesses in order to maintain social security and public order.

The move came after some foreign criminals have run underground online gambling businesses and used them as a front to operate telecom scams in order to extort money from victims inside and outside the country. (AGB)