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Agony of ecstasy: Major asks judge to go easy on him

Agony of ecstasy: Major asks judge to go easy on him

More than a year after their arrests, a two-star major general and two others faced Phnom Penh Municipal Court on drug-dealing charges yesterday.

Ministry of Interior authorities arrested Major Chan Rithydy, 46, in Meanchey district’s Prek Pra commune on August 23, 2012, seizing more than a kilogram of crystalline Ecstasy and about 85,000 tablets of methamphetamine-type stimulants.

Rithydy’s two alleged Laotian accomplices – Deap Sunlay, 52, and Learm Chhunry, 27 – were arrested the next day with nearly one kilogram of Ecstasy, based on information garnered from Rithydy’s questioning.

Nach Try, Rithydy’s attorney, said his client had admitted guilt and cooperated with authorities, calling for a light sentence, a request echoed by his client yesterday.

“I served the army since 1986,” Rithydy said, pointing to his years in public service.

Dany confirmed the court will deliver its sentences on November 26.

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