World Bulletin/News Desk
Russian real estate tycoon Sergei Polonsky has been detained in Cambodia accused of assault and illegal detention after an incident on a boat, authorities in the Southeast Asian nation said on Saturday.
Polonsky, 40, who was worth $1.2 billion before the global financial crisis, was detained on Tuesday with two other Russians. Cambodian military police say they forced some crew to jump off a boat at knifepoint and one boatman was punched.
Cambodian police spokesman Kheng Tito said the three Russians were still being held and a prosecutor and an investigating judge were working on the case. Russian media had reported that Polonsky had been released.
"The victims said that they were locked up in a toilet and cabin and forced to jump off to swim back to an island, which meant that if they could not make it, they would be drowned," Kheng Tito said.
Kheng Tito said the boatmen were ferrying Polonsky from an island back to a popular seaside town in Preah Sihanouk on the mainland, about 225 km (140 miles) southwest of the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.
He said the three Russians were investors in a new island resort. Other details were unclear. Kheng Tito said one of the Russians had accused the boatmen of failing to follow Polonsky's instructions.
Polonsky's company, Mirax Group, experienced serious problems during the global financial crisis and has been reorganised under the name Potok.
The flamboyant tycoon is perhaps best known outside Russia for an incident in 2011 in which Russian billionaire Alexander Lebedev threw a punch at him during a television talk show.
Senior public servant's body discovered next to hotel, days after fatal bus crash struck visiting group of South Korean government employees
The South Korean military hit by more controversy with a navy officer selling sensitive information to China.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman expressed China angered by new US military strategy report
After attack on foreign troops in Kabul, some Afghans questioned why the troops were out on the streets
China finance ministery spokeswoman says that China continues in its way and to maintain financial cooperation with Greece
South Korea finds its new era of safety consciousness tested, with cause behind tank blast not immediately clear
The State Investment Fund 1MDB has said that the claims of funneling more than $700 mn into Prime Minister Najib Razak's account is political sabotage.
Three dead, over 20 injured as a result of 6.4 earthquake strike in Uyghur populated region
India's Maharashtra state says religious schools must teach formal curriculum to receive funding
A World Bank report that measures income, has determined that Bangladesh has become middle income country despite 99% of the population living under the poverty line.
Defence Ministry said on Thursday that the live-fire exercises, involving ships, aircraft and land-based forces, featured the firing of missiles.
Amnesty International has released a damning report into human rights abuse in Kashmir by India, who have violated their own constitution.
At least 13 people killed as train carrying army troops crashes into canal because of collapsed bridge
Ministers and representatives from ASEAN countries attend a meeting on the regional migrant crisis on Thursday. Malaysian minister tells each member country should contribute $100,000
Two senior Chinese army officers published an article saying that Chinese army will help to develop 'backword' region of Eastern Turkistan
12 people are suspected to be members of al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent are arrested by Bangladesh security forces