Cockfighting Casino Shut Down in R’kiri: Officials

More than five years after rights group Adhoc first called on authorities to shut down the AHS King casino in Ratanakkiri province, police and military police closed down the operation on Sunday, according to officials.

Owned by wealthy businessman Sok Kimsan and located on the border with Vietnam, the “casino” was long a popular site for cockfighting matches.

Ratanakkiri police chief Ly Nuon Koeun said they shuttered it because the license was expired. Ma Vichet, the governor of O’Yadaw district, where the establishment is located, said that Mr. Kimsan had received permission to build an entertainment complex, but had not followed through on the plans.

“This casino was closed on Sunday by our O’Yadaw district forces because this casino only has a notice from the Council of Ministers since 2010, and the owner is renting the villagers’ land to build a cockfighting ring and it is not a standard casino,” he said.

Apart from being told to stop hosting cockfighting matches, Mr. Vichet claimed Mr. Kimsan broke no laws and said no legal action would be taken against him.

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