Indian jailed in Cambodia for failed motorbike scam

May 6th, 2008 - 11:59 am ICT by admin  

Phnom Penh, May 6 (DPA) An Indian national has been remanded in custody after he allegedly rented a motorbike for two days and twice tried to sell it for a plane ticket home, police said Tuesday. Phoeurn Arun, chief of Siem Reap minor crime police, said Dhu Tait Parsad, 31, had rented the bike for $2 an hour and first tried to sell it for $750 and then $600.

Police investigated because the bike had no licence plates and arrested Parsad, who had lived in Cambodia for a decade.

“He says he wanted money for a plane ticket home to India,” Arun said.

Siem Reap is a northern tourist town, 400 km from the capital. It is the gateway to the famous Angkor Wat temple complex.

Under Cambodian law, Parsad can be detained for six months pre-trial and his attempt to sell the rented bikes could earn him five years in prison.

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