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Bootleg wine shutters Siem Reap shop

Bootleg wine shutters Siem Reap shop

Siem Reap province’s Anti-Economic Crime Police had confiscated 75 barrels of rice wine and medicinal wine, along with 535 bottles of Yen Sen brand medicinal wine, during a raid in Siem Reap town’s Dok Por village on Sunday, police said yesterday.

Lieutenant-Colonel Seun Sean, chief of the Anti-Economic Crime Police, told the Post the raid, led by Deputy Prosecutor Somrith Sokhun, was conducted because the Yung Fard shop – which does have a licence to sell the Yen Sen brand – was selling a variety of unlabelled wines it did not have permission to sell, as well as expired Chinese herbal medication.

“We sent some of [the confiscated] wines to a laboratory in Phnom Penh to examine the wine’s composition, and we are awaiting the results to see if it was produced up to standards,” he said, adding that the shop owner would be brought to court if it was not.

In the case of the expired medicine, Seun Sen said the owner would face fines from the Provincial Department of Health that could total between one million and 10 million riel, or US$244 and $2,442 respectively.

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