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Charges for three after heroin bust

Three foreign nationals accused of trying to smuggle heroin from Cambodia to Australia were charged yesterday with drug trafficking at Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

Twenty-four-year-old Nigerian Precious Chineme Nwoko, 19-year-old French national Charlene Savarino and 41-year-old Australian Yoshe Ann Paylor were charged with drug possession, transportation and trafficking.

“They were charged … under Article 40 of Cambodia’s Anti-Drug Law. They will now continue further questioning by the investigative judge,” said a senior anti-terrorism police official who asked not to be named.

The two women were arrested at Phnom Penh International Airport and the man was found at a rental house in Chamkarmon district on September 18.

“They were arrested while they were preparing to bring two kilograms of heroin to Australia,” the official said. Police are still seeking to arrest a fourth accomplice. Ly Sophanna, vice prosecutor of Phnom Penh Municipal Court, could not be reached.



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Newspapers should also mention the fact that no evidence was presented to the Judge for the duration of the trial and Charlene had nothing in her possession when police arrested her, that her apartment was clean with no trace of anything at all .. . Of course Interpol should be happy to have arrested a drug Dealer of such importance… i am so impressed right now. Nice Job guys.

How can you close a case of this magnitude without any proof ? How can you condemn a girl of 19 years to 25 years in jail without evidence? Ruin her life?Did she had the bag in her possession? Did she had drug on herself ? Did she had an air-ticket to Australia with her ?? What about her passport ? Will the justice in Cambodia let this kind of things happen ?? Will the Embassy of France in Cambodia let this thing happen ? I hope many people will act to find the truth…