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Journalist gets seven years for drugs

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea / Khmer Times Share:
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A journalist and a construction worker were each sentenced to seven years in prison and a fine of ten million riel yesterday.

They stood accused of drug use following the confiscation of 34 packages of crystal methamphetamine in March.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge Ham Sok Khemarin identified the accused as El Thira, 35, a journalist and vice-president of the Association of Cambodian Journalists for Freedom, and Sok Leng, 32, a construction worker.

The men were arrested on March 24 after police raided Mr Thira’s house in Phnom Penh.

Police seized a total of 34 packages of meth, a drug scale, samurai swords, a knife, bullets, and a gun case.

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