PHNOM PENH, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- Kampong Cham Provincial Court on Sunday charged six suspects in a local Acleda Bank robbery with aggravating circumstances (violence), which could face up to 10 years in prison, a court's deputy prosecutor Riel Sophin said.
The suspects including five bank staff and an outsider were arrested on Wednesday night in a robbery at Acleda Bank's branch in Stung Trang district of eastern Kampong Cham province after 16- hour operations.
During the robbery, the alleged robbers had fabricated the hostage situation by arranging some of them to act as drug- addicted kidnappers armed with a pistol and some as hostages.
"After 3-day inquiries on the suspects, Investigating Judge Oum Chanthul decided to charge them with aggravating violence and issued a detention verdict this Sunday afternoon," Riel Sophin said by telephone on Sunday.
He said one of the suspects ex-bank cashier Sin Kimthat, who masterminded the robbery plot, was additionally charged with organizing an armed group.
The hearing date for the case is unknown yet.
In Channy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Acleda Bank, which is the kingdom's largest bank, said Sunday that the bank lost 55,000 U.S. dollars in the robbery.
"We sue them to repay the lost money," he said.
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