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Bail granted to suspects in specious coffee case

Bail granted to suspects in specious coffee case

Two men accused of peddling fake and potentially dangerous coffee from a handicraft factory in Phnom Penh were released on Friday after posting bail.

The pair, two of four arrested during a raid on the site in Sen Sok’s Khmuonh commune, have been charged with faking services and quality and failing to meet Cambodian national standards.

Their enterprise – which sold coffee under brands including MeKong, Nam Nguyen, Tay Nguyen, Laos, and Viet Nguyen – allegedly mixed overcooked soybeans and corn together with chemicals to produce the counterfeit brew, which experts warned could be a health hazard.

If convicted of faking services and quality, the men face between six months and one year in jail and a potential $2,500 fine. Meanwhile, breaching Cambodian standards brings a maximum one-year sentence and a potential fine of up to $6,000.

Two other workers captured during the raid were released.

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