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Three more years for former anti-drug cop

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday sentenced Touch Muysor, the jailed for-mer municipal director of the Ministry of Interior’s anti-drug department, to an additional three years’ imprisonment for taking a bribe in 2005.

Kor Vandy, president of the Jury Council, said the court convicted Touch Muysor, 44, of taking a $1,000 bribe in exchange for the release of three drug traffickers who had been arrested a few days earlier.

Touch Muysor denied the charges, telling the court at an April 4 hearing that he had busted a trio of drug traffickers, seizing 2,000 yama tablets.

He claimed he had been told by the police chief to release the suspects, who the chief said were undercover officers. “I got nothing after their release,” he said. The former anti-drug official was already serving a 12-year sentence after being convicted last July of hiding an illegal weapon and being found in possession of more than $100,000 worth of meth-amphetamine.

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