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Trial ends in Taiwan drug case

Trial ends in Taiwan drug case

Phnom Penh Municipal Court concluded its trial yesterday of a Taiwanese man charged with drug trafficking.

Kuo “Jeffrey” Dayu, 43, former manager of the RCI Garment Factory, was arrested on September 3 at Phnom Penh International Airport after customs officials found 100 grams of heroin inside his luggage.

“According to the evidence, police report, interrogation and investigation, this Taiwanese man was the owner of the heroin inside his bag and he has also been involved with international drug trafficking activities,” Presiding Judge Duch Kimsorn said yesterday.

He added that a verdict was expected on March 21.

Kuo Day pleaded not guilty yesterday and has denied all charges against him, instead saying that he had been the victim of revenge. “I did not have [drugs] or bring them with me in my bag,” he told the court.

He said that he had a dispute with a group of garment workers at RCI before his planned departure for Taiwan.

“These Chinese [garment workers] put the drugs into my bag … in order to make police arrest me,” he told the court.

“They got in an argument with me over their work at the factory.”

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