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Belgian sentenced to life over Brazilian cocaine

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Tanguy J. Taller, 36, a tourist convicted of drug trafficking. Photo: Lok Samrith

Phnom Penh Municipal Court today re-sentenced a Belgian man who was sentenced to life in prison in absentia in June for trafficking more than one kilogram of cocaine from Brazil to Cambodia through Phnom Penh International Airport in January.

Tanguy J. Taller, 36, a tourist convicted of drug trafficking together with accomplice David Catry Noel, 37, also a Belgian tourist, was again sentenced to life in prison today after requesting a retrial.

Judge Chhoem Rithy said Mr Taller was convicted of transporting drugs and trafficking, noting that Mr Taller was arrested on October 4 at the Cambodia-Vietnam International Checkpoint in Svay Rieng province’s Bavet city, after which he requested a retrial while in prison.

“Although the accused has denied the allegation and said that he was not involved, he did not prove to the court that he’s innocent,” Judge Rithy said. “Based on real evidence, the court will upholds the June 22 sentence and finds him guilty and sentences him to life in prison.”

Mr Taller, who was present in court yesterday, broke down in tears after hearing his sentence.

He said the judgement was unfair and again denied the allegations, adding that he will file an appeal with the Appeal Court.

Full story in Thursday’s paper

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