Supreme Court upholds sentences of drug convicts

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Kuy Sreyleak leaves the municipal court after an earlier hearing. KT/Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld a lower court sentence to jail two women to 15 and 28 years each after they were convicted for selling nearly half a kilogram of crystal methamphetamine to an undercover police in Phnom Penh in 2015.

Presiding Judge Kem Sothavy identified the women as Bun Sorphoan, also known as Srey Oun, 16, who worked with Lavika Karaoke Entertainment in Chamkar Mon district, and Kuy Sreyleak, 32, a drug convict who was then serving a separate sentence in PJ prison in Phnom Penh.

Judge Sothavy said that the two women were charged by the prosecutor with drug trafficking after they were arrested by the Ministry of Interior’s anti-drug police in Phnom Penh in June in 2015.

Judge Sothavy said that Ms Sorphoan was arrested at about 12am on June 29, 2015, after she brought a package containing drugs from her boyfriend Captain Pon Samneang, a military police officer who is at large, and gave it to an undercover police officer who had disguised himself as a drug dealer in Chamkar Mon district’s Phsar Doeum Thkov commune.

Judge Sothavy noted that after the arrest, police seized the package which contained a total of 384.64 grams of crystal meth and a phone from her.

Judge Sothavy said that based on her confession, police also inspected her boyfriend’s rental house in Boeung Tumpon commune and seized another small package of crystal meth weighing 0.9 grams, 28 tablets of ketamines weighing 7.14 grams, as well as other drug related materials

She added that Ms Sorphoan’s confession also led to the arrest of Ms Sreyleak, who was serving time in prison for a previous drug conviction, noting that she was arrested on June 30 at PJ prison. However, they did not seize any drugs from her.

Judge Sothavy noted that Phnom Penh Municipal Court on July 7, 2016 convicted Ms Sorphoan and sentenced her to 15 years in jail. The court ordered her to pay about $7,500 to put into the state budget.

The court also convicted Ms Sreyleak, who was the mastermind of the drug trafficking, and sentenced her to 28 years in jail and ordered her to pay about $15,000 to put into the state budget.

The court convicted in absentia Cap Samneang, Ms Sorphoan’s boyfriend, and sentenced him to 28 years in jail and a fine of about $15,000 to put into the state budget. The court also issued a warrant for Cap Samneang’s arrest.

Judge Sothavy said that Ms Sorphoan and Ms Sreyleak did not agree with their sentences handed down by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court and they both appealed to the Appeal Court in July 2016.

Judge Sothavy added that the Appeal Court on June 29, 2017 upheld their convictions, noting that they later appealed to the Supreme Court in July 2016 and asked the court to reduce their sentences.

“Based on the hearing and after the Supreme Court has clearly considered the judgement made by the Appeal Court dated June 29, 2016, the court understands that the judgement was right and was made in accordance with the laws of the Kingdom of Cambodia,” Judge Sothavy said.

“Therefore, the Supreme Court has decided to uphold the judgement by the Appeal Court as effective and closing the appeals,” she added.

The Supreme Court has also ordered police to arrest Cap Samneang and bring him in to serve the term of his sentence as per court verdict.

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