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Siblings in drug trial

Siblings in drug trial

A brother and sister were tried in court yesterday for transporting nearly half a kilogram of methamphetamines earlier this year in the capital.

Suos Sam Ath, presiding judge of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, said 19-year-old Ly Dara and his older sister, 25-year-old Ly Lailin, were arrested on August 9 at the Sok Leap Sambath Guesthouse in Choam Chao commune. The siblings had been hired by an older couple, Ly Saly and his wife, Yourk Than, to transport 376 grams of methamphetamines.

Pov Sam Eng, chief of the Ministry of Interior’s Anti-Drug Police Office, said authorities had followed the case for about a week, but Ly Saly and Yourk Than “managed to escape”.

Ly Lailin denied the charges levelled against her in court yesterday, while her brother confessed to agreeing to transport the drugs from the capital’s Chamkarmon district in exchange for a promised payment of US$1,000. Their verdicts are scheduled for January 16.