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Trio stand trial over drug transport

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
Two men convicted over a drug trafficking case leave the court. KT/ Siv Channa

Phnom Penh Municipal Court today tried the case of a Ghanaian, a Nigerian man and his Cambodian wife for transporting nearly 300 grams of ketamine via a post office in Phnom Penh to Australia in 2014.

Presiding judge Im Vannak identified the accused as Enekanma Eneka Christ, 38, the Ghana national; Alhassan Safianu Innocent, 39, Nigerian national and his Cambodian wife Srey Sinath, 37.

Judge Vannak said the trio was charged with “drug transporting” under Article 40 of Cambodian Law on Drugs Control and could face up to 20 years in prison each if convicted.   They was arrested on August 23, 2017 in Phnom Penh.

Major General San Sunthy, deputy chief of the Interior Ministry’s Internal Security Police Department, testified at the court today that on June 11, 2014, police officers at the post office in Daun Penh district seized about 250 grams of Ketamines hidden under eight shoes sent to Australia.

Maj Gen Sunthy noted packages were sent by a Cambodian man named Oum Phearun living in Meanchey districts’ Stung Meanchey commune and addressed to a Nigerian man named “SBK” living in Australia’s Melbourne city.

Maj Gen Sunthy said police in collaboration with a Phnom Penh court prosecutor, and post office officials later laid a trap to arrest the drug owner by calling  the phone number on the packages and invited him to pick it up on June 13, 2017 at the post office.

He said to do so was a failure because the contact could not be reached but three years later on August 23, 2017, Enekanma brought a box full with crystal methamphetamine to the post office in Daun Penh district by using the same address.

Maj Gen Sunthy said that police then arrested him at the post office. After his arrest, police seized about 700 grams of crystal methamphetamines from him.

He said Enekanma’s confession led to an arrest of Alhassan and Sinath in Por Senchey district’s Chom Chao II Commune on the same day.

At yesterday’s trial, the trio flatly denied the allegations, saying that they had nothing to do with the drugs seized from the post office on June 11, 2014.

Enekanma said yesterday that he was innocent.

“I never confessed that I sent drug to Australia in 2014 during a police interrogation,” Enekanma told the court.

“I was neither the drug trafficker nor was the owner of seized drugs. Please the court find the truth and justice for me. Please release me from prison,” he said.

Alhassan and Sinath also denied it, saying that they were not involved in the drug case.

Both of them also requested the court to drop the charges against them.

A verdict will be delivered May 7.

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