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Lengthy jail terms for drug convicts

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
The accused arrive at court. Supplied

Three Nigerians and two Cambodians were yesterday jailed for between 30 years and life for trafficking more than a kilo of crystal methamphetamine in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district last year.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge Lim Makaroan identified the five as Nigerians Innocent Onwumere Okafor, 44, Eric Chinedu Ankeke, 34, and Mosses Chigizie Emebechi, 32, as well as Cambodians Chan Rattana, 24, and Bun Rayuth, 20.

The Nigerians were all handed life sentences and fined 100 million riel ($25,000).

The Cambodians were sentenced to 30 years and fines of 80 million riel ($20,000).

Mr Makaroan said the suspects were arrested in May last year at their rental house in Dangkor commune.

After the arrests, police discovered more than one kilo of drugs, as well as other drug paraphernalia.

Vann Kosal, deputy chief of the anti-drug police department, said police had been investigating and following the group’s activities for many months before the arrests.

After the judge announced the verdict yesterday, the Nigerians shouted out that it was a miscarriage of justice. 

Mr Emebechi denied having anything to do with the case, claiming the drugs were planted by police to frame him and his friends.

“This is an injustice. I will appeal,” he said.

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