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Court overturns man’s drug conviction after eight years

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The accused arriving at the Appeal court. KT/ Pann Rachana

The Appeal Court today overturned the conviction of a man found guilty of drug trafficking nearly a decade ago.

Presiding Judge Yun Narong said 37-year-old Yim Rithy was sentenced to prison in 2011, along with 39-year-old Okeke Ugochukwu Emmanuel and his colleagues 26-year-old Auxillo Math Eaiheressa Dayanan and 34-year-old Heng Mey.

Judge Narong said Mr Emmanuel and Ms Dayanan were convicted of drug trafficking, while Mr Rithy and Ms Mey were convicted of accomplices of drug trafficking.

Mr Rithy and Ms Mey received 25 years in prison each, while Mr Emmanuel and Ms Dayanan were given 27 years in prison each.

He noted that Mr Emmanuel and Ms Dayanan were both foreign nationals, while Mr Rithy and Ms Mey were Cambodians.

Mr Rithy then appealed to have his conviction dropped due to a lack of evidence during his trial.

His appeal case made it to the Supreme Court, but it was transferred back to the Appeal Court.

“Based on the trial and after Appeal Court judges council inspected relevant documents […], the Appeal Court found that [Mr Rithy] was not guilty,” he said. “Therefore, the Appeal Court has decided to overturn his conviction and order prison officials to immediately release [Mr Rithy] from prison, if he does not have other criminal cases in court.”

Full story in Friday’s paper

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