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Drug traffickers face court

6 Meng Ratata and Leap Reaksmey

Four people were tried at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday for allegedly smuggling more than 10,000 tablets of ecstasy and methamphetamine in Prampi Makara district in Phnom Penh last year.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge Kim Rath Narin said Leap Reaksmey, 34, Meng Ratana, 25, Taing Hakly, 34, and Un Saman, 19, were charged with drug trafficking within article 40 of Cambodia’s Anti-Drug Law.

Reaksmey and Ratana were arrested in September 2012, attempting to sell drugs concealed in a potato can to an undercover police officer. After the arrest, police seized 190 methamphetamine tablets and more than 10,000 ecstasy tablets.

At trial, all four of the accused denied charges of drug trafficking, confessing only to illegal drug use. They claim the drugs belonged to an unidentified man and woman.

Vice prosecutor Kong Sam Sareth concluded the trial, saying, “based on the hearing, real proof and their confessions, I would like to maintain the charges against them, and askthe judges to decide their cases within the laws”.

Their verdicts will be announced on June 7.

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