Drug traffickers sentenced to life imprisonment

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Ahmad Johari Chung outside the courthouse. Supplied

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced a Chinese national, who remains at-large, and his lackey, a Malaysian national, to life imprisonment for trafficking heroin.
 
Presiding Judge Ly Sokleng identified the Chinese national as Choi Chen Tung, 44, and the Malaysian as Ahmad Johari Chung, 23.
 
“The court decided to convict them and sentence them each to life in prison,” said Judge Sokleng, noting each were fined about $20,000.
 
“The court also orders the arrest of Choi Chen Tung to bring him to serve the term of his punishment in Prey Sar prison,” Judge Sokleng added.
 
Judge Sokleng said Mr Chung was arrested at Phnom Penh International Airport in September 2016 as he attempted to board a flight to China with more than one kilogram of heroin strapped to his legs.
 
During his trial last month, Mr Chung said he was not aware of what he was transporting and only agreed to help because Mr Tung paid for his travel and visas.
 
“If I had known that the stuff was drugs, I would not have worked for him,” Mr Chung said, claiming he thought the bags were full of cassava powder.

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