Cambodia's Supreme Court yesterday upheld a verdict against four drugs producers convicted in a high-profile case that also implicated a tycoon who killed himself in 2007.
Judge Saly Theara yesterday upheld the 25-year sentences given to Chea Chong, 45, Chham Nak Chhy, 34, and Chhay Khang Ly, 48, and a 20-year sentence given to Ran Yan, 33, in 2008.
All four were found guilty of producing and distributing drugs at a farm in Kampong Speu province, which was raided in April 2007. The verdict was later upheld in the Appeal Court. Following the farm raid, Um Chhay, a tycoon and advisor to National Assembly president Heng Samrin, killed himself by jumping off a five-metre building in August 2007.
He was implicated in a June hearing at the Supreme Court when Chea Chong stated that he did not know drugs were being produced and accused ‘ringleader’ Um Chhay of persuading him to run a grass-spraying business on the land. A deceased Chinese national, Chin Theanvin, was also implicated in the hearing.
Judge Saly Theara, however, said yesterday that “Chea Chong’s explanation of events was not true” and quashed the appeal.