Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Drug sentencing: Nepalese woman gets 20 years

Drug sentencing: Nepalese woman gets 20 years

Drug sentencing: Nepalese woman gets 20 years

A Nepalese woman was sentenced by Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday to 20 years in prison and ordered to pay nearly US$10,000 for attempting to smuggle more than seven kilograms of marijuana resin from Phnom Penh to Nepal last year.

“The court sentenced Tiri Maya Tamong to 20 years and fined her 40 million riel ($9,948) for international drug trafficking,” judge Keo Mony said.

He added that the 39-year-old was arrested by immigration police on July 15 at Phnom Penh International Airport after they seized more than 7.8 kilograms of marijuana resin packaged in black plastic inside her luggage.

“I cannot accept my charges and my punishment because I was not a drug trafficker,” Tiri Maya Tamong told the Post.

Tiri Maya Tamong said she was asked by an unidentified woman at the airport to help carry her luggage, and was arrested after the luggage was checked.

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all