Cambodian authorities have released a Vietnamese woman linked to a murder inside a local casino but continued to detain three other suspects for investigation, The Cambodia Daily reported.
The 33-year-old woman, identified as N., was released on Thursday after being interrogated, according to the report.
N. was detained along with three other Vietnamese nationals as suspects in a murder case involving another Vietnamese at the New World Casino & Hotel in Svay Rieng Province, bordering Vietnam.
Last Sunday night police in the border town of Bavet discovered the body of Nguyen Van Duong, 42, in his hotel room with his back covered in bruises. Officers quickly apprehended four Vietnamese nationals staying in the room next to his.
Duong was identified on Monday by Vietnamese police, who had to dig up the decomposing body.
The four suspects were interrogated at the provincial police headquarters, and the woman explained, through a translator, that she had been held hostage in the hotel room.
She said she had been lured by the other three from her home in Vietnam’s Tay Ninh province to gamble at the Cambodian casino, only to wager away her savings and fall into debt.
N. told the police the three Vietnamese people, including two women, illegally detained her for nearly 20 days while they extorted money from her family in Vietnam, according to the report.
Following a second round of questioning on Thursday, N. was released, while the other three were charged with unlawful confinement and sent to prison pending a trial.
Cambodian authorities are still investigating the murder, saying it may have been carried out by a hired hitman.
Also on Thursday, police in Tay Ninh Province confirmed with Thanh Nien that Cambodian police had handed over N., who told them she had came to Cambodia on February 25 for gambling and had been detained after she lost all her money.