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Court rejects woman’s plea for reduction of 30-year drug sentence

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Outside the Supreme Court Rong Dina, 23, maintained her innocence and denied she trafficked 3kg of drugs. Kim Sarom

Court rejects woman’s plea for reduction of 30-year drug sentence

The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the Appeal Court’s verdict to sentence a woman to 30 years in prison for her involvement in trafficking over 3kg of drugs.

Judge Kim Sathavy read the verdict in front of the convict, 23-year-old Rong Dina.

Dina had requested the Supreme Court to reduce her sentence, saying that she had a three-year-old son and a one-year-old daughter.

The judge said the Supreme Court could not consider her request. During the hearing she denied trafficking in drugs, saying that the seized items belonged to her boyfriend. She said he sent a package to her which she handed to a man.

However, the drugs showed a link to trafficking. The drugs that were seized by police were 780g of MDMA, 2kg of methamphetamine and 393.72g of ketamine.

“So, the Appeal Court that ruled to sentence her to 30 years in prison is legally correct. The Supreme Court upholds the Appeal Court’s ruling,” Sathavy said.

Having heard the verdict, Dina said outside the Supreme Court that: “In fact, I didn’t traffic it [the drugs]. The package that my boyfriend sent to me, I didn’t know that it contained drugs. I can’t come to terms with this decision,” she said.

Supreme Court records show that at 11:30pm on May 18, 2018, anti-drug police forces arrested 38-year-old Teng Sithen in Phsar Tapang in Daun Penh district’s Phsar Thmey I commune. They seized 99g of methamphetamine from Sithen.

The records further showed that after arresting Sithen, police detained Dina and seized 780g of MDMA, 2kg of methamphetamine and 393.72g of ketamine.

The police then detained 24-year-old Sok Rikhan in Russey Keo district’s Russey Keo commune and seized another 13g of methamphetamine.


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