Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday heard the case of two Taiwanese men accused of trafficking 1.04 kilograms of MDMA from Taiwan to Cambodia in 2011.
Presiding judge Duch Kimsorn said the men, Tseng Chi Shen, 31, and Lin Wen Pin, 28, were charged with drug trafficking after Tseng was arrested carrying Lin’s passport and a bag of drugs at the Phnom Penh airport last October.
In court, Lin maintained that he had no involvement in drug trafficking and that Tseng had asked to borrow his passport without informing him that he would be picking up drugs.
Tseng also denied the charges and told the court that a man named Wang Chin Ping had told him that the bag he was picking up contained spare computer parts and stickers.
Tseng is appealing a 27-year sentence and an 80 million riel (about $20,000) fine for a separate drug-trafficking indictment that he shared with Taiwanese national Lee Jen Tun in May.
The court will rule on today’s case on September 28.
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