Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Men take drug case appeal to top court




Men take drug case appeal to top court

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Taiwanese men were brought to the Supreme Court on Monday. Kim Sarom

Men take drug case appeal to top court

Three Taiwanese men sentenced to eight years in prison in 2017 for drug trafficking appeared at the Supreme Court on Monday pleading to have their convictions quashed as the real drug trafficker convicted alongside them was solely responsible and did not join their appeal.

On September 16, 2015, police raided a house in Chamkarmon district’s Tuol Tompoung II commune, arrested four Taiwanese men and seized 90.93g of methamphetamine, 6.32g of heroin and a K59 pistol.

Lin Tonghun, 43, was then sentenced to nine years in prison and fined $4,500 for drug trafficking.

Lor Che Song, 67, Chav Muchenhg, 50, and Kor Chang Heng, each got eight years behind bars. The three of them have appealed their conviction to the Supreme court, while Tonghun has not.

Muchenhg said during the hearing that he appealed to the Supreme Court because he was disappointed with the verdict of the Court of Appeal, which upheld his full eight-year sentence handed down in 2017 by the municipal court.

He said he was not involved with drug trafficking, noting that he came to know Tonghun and on the day of the raid was just visiting him at his home for tea.

“I did not engage in drug trafficking and ask the court to release me,” said Muchenhg.

Che Song also claimed he was not involved in drug trafficking. He noted that at the Court of Appeal trial, he withdrew his complaint after prison officials told him that if he did so, the court would send him to jail in Taiwan.

“The Court of Appeal withdrew my complaint, but the eight-year sentence was the same. I am disappointed with the court and decided to file a complaint to the Supreme Court. Please release me,” Che Song said.

Prosecutor Nov Mony Chot said the accused were not telling the truth and the lower courts had issued correct verdicts.

“Therefore, the trial chamber should look at the facts and consider the law,” he added.

Nou Chantha, a lawyer for the three accused, said Tonghun was to blame for the drugs found by police and his clients were not involved.

“Therefore, the Supreme Court should release my clients,” he said.

Judge Nil Nol said a verdict will be announced on March 9.

MOST VIEWED

  • WHO: antibiotics cause more deaths

    Increased antibiotics use in combating the Covid-19 pandemic will strengthen bacterial resistance and ultimately lead to more deaths during the crisis and beyond, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said a “worrying number” of bacterial infections were becoming

  • Children in poverty said to rise by 86M

    The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Save the Children warned that if urgent measures are not taken, the number of children living in poverty across low- and middle-income countries could increase by 86 million, a 15 per cent jump, by the end of the year. In

  • PM slams HRW ‘double standards’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has chided Human Rights Watch (HRW) Asia director Brad Adams for keeping quiet over protest crackdowns in the US following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. Addressing reporters while inspecting infrastructure development in Preah Sihanouk province on Monday,

  • Four more UN troops infected by Covid virus

    Four more Cambodian Blue Helmet peacekeepers in Mali have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, bringing the number of infected Cambodian UN peacekeepers to 10. National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces and Explosive Remnants of War deputy director-general and spokeswoman Kosal Malinda told The Post on Tuesday

  • Huge tracks of undocumented land a concern for registration officials

    Siem Reap provincial deputy governor Ly Samrith expressed concern that land registration plans for residents scheduled to be completed by late 2021 could not be achieved because 80 per cent of the land had not been registered. Land dispute issues are a major factor that poses a

  • Bank robber of $6M asks to be released

    An accused bank robber who admitted to stealing $6 million has asked the Supreme Court to release him temporarily because he had returned the money. In a court hearing on Tuesday Chan Simuntha, 39, told the judge that on January 18, his wife Teang Vathanaknearyroth told him that