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Defendant says drugs did not belong to her

Defendant says drugs did not belong to her

Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday heard the case of a Vietnamese woman accused of smuggling more than 1.5 kilograms of powdered methamphetamine from India to Cambodia through Phnom Penh International Airport in July of last year.

Presiding judge Sin Visal said yesterday that Vietnamese national Nguyen Thi Kim Nhi, 47, had been charged with drug trafficking.

During yesterday’s hearing, however, Nguyen maintained her innocence, saying she been paid $100 – plus her airfare – to bring the luggage into Cambodia, and did not know the drugs were in the bag until she was arrested.

“I do not recognise my charges because the drugs seized did not belong to me,” she said. A verdict is due on February 6.

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