Supreme Court upholds sentences of drug convicts

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The Supreme Court yesterday upheld a verdict sentencing two men to about 20 years each in jail for producing and trafficking drugs in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district in 2007.

Presiding Judge Kem Sothavy identified them as Lam Sokheng, 49, and Ros Thi, 52.

She added that national military police arrested Mr Sokheng and Mr Thi on August 1, 2007 in their rental house in Sen Sok district’s Toek Thla commune, where officers seized more than 15,000 ice pills, drugs in liquid form, two scales, a machine and other related material to produce drugs.

Judge Sothavy said Phnom Penh Municipal Court on August 24, 2008, convicted Mr Sokheng for producing and trafficking drugs and sentenced him to 24 years in jail. He was also fined about $12,000 to put into the state budget.

She added that the municipal court also convicted Mr Thi for the same charges and sentenced him to 20 years in jail. He was fined about $10,000 to put into the state budget.

Judge Sothavy noted that they both appealed the ruling to the Appeal Court, which reduced their sentences on May 26, 2018. Mr Sokheng’s sentence was reduced to 20 years, while Mr Thi’s sentence was reduced to 18 years.

Judge Sothavy added that they both appealed to the Supreme Court to further reduce their sentences.

“Based on the trial, their confessions during their hearing on August 22, as well as the evidence seized by military police on the day of their arrests, and after the judges’ council at the Supreme Court has read and inspected all related court documents and the ruling of the Appeal Court, the judges’ council at the Supreme Court considers and understands that the ruling of the Appeal Court was correct and was made in accordance with Cambodian laws,” Judge Sothavy said.

“Therefore, the Supreme Court has decided to uphold the ruling of the Appeal Court as effective and close their appeal,” she added.

Mr Sokheng and Mr Thi could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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