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Court seeks answers on drug smuggling

Three foreign nationals and a Cambodian woman arrested in February were brought to Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday to answer questions about the drugs they are accused of helping to smuggle, according to investigating judge Lim Makaroan.

Makaroan said that Nigerians Michael Sunshine, 31, and Emmanuel Thankgod, 33, along with Cambodian Meng Sinoun, 30, and Filipina Macoy Mavill Villamore, 42, were accused of colluding to smuggle more than 2.5 kilograms of cocaine into the country from Brazil.

Anti-Drug Police Colonel Soeung Nol said that Villamore was arrested at the airport with the drugs on February 12, while the others were arrested the next day in a police sting.

Peng Heng, a lawyer for Sunshine, Thankgod and Sinoun, maintained their innocence, saying they didn’t recognise the package of drugs. Villamore, who is without representation, declined to comment yesterday.

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