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Arrest over tainted pig intestines

Arrest over tainted pig intestines

The owner of two shipping containers filled with pig intestines, duck heads and chicken wings was arrested on Wednesday after it was found that the animal products were tainted with illegal chemicals.

The items weighing five tonnes and the containers were found in a warehouse located in Kien Svay district’s Samrong Thom commune.

Provincial police chief Chhoeun Sochet told The Post on Thursday that the suspect, Him Sokhoeurn, was sent to court after police arrested and questioned him.

“We fulfilled our duty and built a case file to be referred to the court. It is up to the court to decide his fate because it is beyond our jurisdiction,” he said.

Kien Svay district deputy police chief Vong Se confirmed the events on Thursday and said the items were illegally imported.

The deputy prosecutor of the Kandal Provincial Court Euk Sun Raksmey ordered Sokhoeurn to be held until further review.

Kandal Camcontrol branch manager Ou Manrin said police and anti-economic crime special forces, in collaboration with the Kien Svay district police, had raided the location.

The police examined the goods. When questioned, the owner said the goods totalled five tonnes and he had bought them in Cambodia to be processed as sausages. The goods were not imported from abroad, he told police.

“We have not yet identified what kind of chemicals he put into the pig intestines but the intestines smelled bad already. They were refrigerated in the containers. But a power cut caused them to spoil. It smelled bad,” Manrin said.

He said he didn’t know what measures will be taken against the owner. The case has been handed over to the Kandal Provincial Court. Manrin said he will look for a place to set the intestines on fire.

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