Taiwanese tourist arrested at Phnom Penh palace with drone

Taiwanese tourist arrested at Phnom Penh palace with drone

Officials inspect the offending drone. (Khmer Times photo)
Officials inspect the offending drone. (Khmer Times photo)

A Taiwanese tourist has been arrested for using a drone camera to film prohibited areas in front of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh.

Police said the man was questioned by Interior Ministry anti-terrorism police before being educated by officers and later released about midnight on Monday, the Khmer Times reported on Wednesday.

Mong Pesith, an officer in Daun Penh district, identified the suspect as Tsao Cheng Hsiang, 38, who arrived in Cambodia on March 7.  

He said Tsao was caught using the drone at about 6pm on Monday night. He was filming the garden in front of the Royal Palace and the Mekong River, but had failed to seek authorisation from the police.  

Mong said the area in front of the Royal Palace is off limits to photographers.

“He was arrested after filming the Royal Palace and the surrounding areas,” the officer said.  

Police confiscated one drone and one camera from the man, but returned it after deleting the illegal images.


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