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Lawyer found for man on Thai drug charge

Cambodian consular officials in Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province have secured legal representation for a 32-year-old man arrested earlier this month on suspicion of transporting amphetamine tablets over the border, officials said yesterday. Koy Kuong, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Suon Veasna was arrested on July 7 after police found him carrying six amphetamine tablets. Koy Kuong added that Suon Veasna was charged shortly after his arrest and is awaiting trial, and that the lawyer was found yesterday. Touch Ra, deputy chief of the Thai-Cambodian Border Relations Office at the Chom international border gate, said Suon Veasna was a drug user, not a drug trafficker. “We have asked for his release, but Thailand has refused, saying drug smugglers cannot be released,” he said.

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