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Supreme Court upholds drug trafficker’s conviction

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
A Vietnamese drug trafficker Vann Vay. Supplied

The Supreme Court today upheld 25-year sentences handed to two Vietnamese nationals convicted of trafficking more than 38 kilograms of ketamine powder in Phnom Penh in 2014.

Presiding Judge Khim Pon identified them as Vann Vay, 49, and Le Menglam, 33, who were convicted of drug possession and trafficking.

Judge Pon said that Mr Vann was arrested in January 2014 by anti-drug trafficking police in Daun Penh district while Mr Le is still at large.

He said that on March 13, 2015, Mr Vann was convicted by Phnom Penh Municipal Court and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Judge Pon added that Mr Le was also convicted in absentia.

He said the Appeal Court upheld the decision in April 2016. Judge Pon added that in June 2016, Mr Vann appealed to the Supreme Court, which heard the case on Monday.

“The Supreme Court considers that the judgement by the Appeal Court in 2016 is right and was made in accordance with Cambodian laws,” he said. “Therefore, the Supreme Court has decided to uphold the sentence.”

The Supreme Court also upheld Mr Le’s conviction in absentia and ordered police to find and arrest him for him to serve his sentence.

Full story in Friday’s paper

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