Cambodia releases 2 Chinese tourists who flew drone over Royal Palace

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Cambodia releases 2 Chinese tourists who flew drone over Royal Palace

Cambodian authorities on Sunday launched 2 Chinese guys, who were arrested on Saturday for flying a remote-controlled mini airplane over the Royal Palace right here.

The two Chinese travelers are Peng Zheliang, 25, from Hunan province and Wang Minglei, 24, from Jiangsu province. They got in Cambodia in late June and will fly back to China Sunday night.

“Our cops decided to release them this (Sunday) afternoon after we questioned them and concluded that they had no any bad functions in flying their drone into the Royal Palace,” Chhay Sinarith, director of the Interior Ministry’s Internal Security Department told Xinhua over telephone. “They were unaware of the ban on drones in the city.”

He stated the two males were made to sign an agreement to assure not to do it once more.

Pok Sothy, chief of the Royal Palace Protection Unit, said that the two men flew a camera-toting drone into the Royal Palace and were detained by the Royal Palace protection authorities at 6:40 am (local time) on Saturday.

Phnom Penh City Hall has banned flying drones without a permit given that Feb. 16 after a German male-tourist flew his camera-toting drone over the Royal Palace. He was launched with no charge on the exact same day.

On June 23, two male foreign filmmakers, a French and an American, were detained after their drone was seen filming in the skies close to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s home near the Independence Monument. Authorities released them after deciding that they posed no danger to security.

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