Top court upholds decision to jail Nigerians over drugs

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The Supreme Court yesterday upheld a decision convicting six Nigerian nationals found guilty of trafficking methamphetamine in 2014.

Judge Soeng Phanhavuth identified them as 59-year-old Ime Johanudom, 34-year- old Faviour Ibezi Mako Oberta, 33-year-old Echowdo Sam Son, 26-year-old Okechukwu Ikefu Aku, 37-year-old Ikechudwu Onyinechi Theddaus and 23-year-old Oragwam Godwin Emeka.

Judge Phanhavuth said they were charged with drug trafficking after they were arrested at different locations in Phnom Penh by the Interior Ministry’s anti-drug police on October 26, 2014.

He said Mr Mako Oberta and Mr Sam Son were the first to be arrested after they sold $20,000 worth of drugs to an undercover police officer in front of Sorya Mall in Daun Penh district.

Judge Phanhavuth said police seized 661 grams of the drugs and two phones from them, adding that the confessions of Mr Mako Oberta and Mr Sam Son led to the arrests of the other four men.

According to Judge Phanhavuth, police seized 2.29 grams of marijuana, one scale, three motorbikes and other drug materials.

He said that in 2015, all six were found guilty and sentenced to ten years in prison each. They were also ordered to pay about $5,000 to be put in the state’s coffers.

The six Nigerian nationals then filed for clemency at the Appeal Court, but the court decided to uphold Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s judgment in August last year.

They then took the case to the Supreme Court, where it was rejected yesterday.

“Based on the trial and all the evidence police seized from them, the Supreme Court has decided that they were guilty,” Judge Phanhavuth said. “The Supreme Court has clearly considered and acknowledged the decision of the Appeal Court was right and was made in accordance with Cambodian laws.”

“Therefore, the Supreme Court has decided to uphold [the decision],” he added.

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