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Drug trial delayed amid forced confession claim

Two drug-trafficking suspects yesterday told Phnom Penh Municipal Court that police accused one of them due to mistaken identity and forced a confession from the other.

Keu Bunlay, 25, was arrested on December 2, 2014, while driving with a small plastic bag of drugs.

According to his confession, Bunlay said he knew a prisoner named Mab, who told him to bring the bag of drugs to another man in exchange for $100.

But Bunlay yesterday told the court that police extracted the confession from him by forcing him to thumbprint the confession document.

“You don’t have to ask [what you’re thumbprinting], you will know when you are in court,” he quoted the police as saying.

Police have accused Tep Sreypov, 34, of being “Mab”. Sreypov is currently serving a prison sentence for multiple drug offences.

Anti-drug officials said their agent tracked down calls between the two. But Sreypov denied being Mab in court yesterday, and both she and Bunlay denied knowing each other.

Citing unclear evidence, judge Ly Sokleng postponed the case to resume on an unspecified date.

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