Court hears appeal of dealer sentenced to 13 years for 150g of methamphetamine

Phnom Penh Municipal Court of Appeal. POST STAFF

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court of Appeal heard on June 28 the case of a man sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2019 for trafficking more than 150g of methamphetamine.

Anti-drug police in the city of Poipet, Banteay Meanchey province, arrested Hab Borom, then 22, in October 2019 for selling drugs and confiscated 30 packets of methamphetamine weighing 154.53g.

Charged with illegal drug trafficking and use, the provincial court found Borom guilty on February 24, 2020 and handed down a 13-year prison sentence.

Defense lawyer Nou Chantha requested leniency for his client, pleading with presiding judge Pol Sam Oeun and his two co-judges that Borom had admitted his guilt from his initial arrest until the trial and had cooperated fully with him. the police and the court.

“He is appealing because he disagrees with the 13-year prison sentence handed down by Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court. I ask the Court of Appeal to consider reducing my client’s sentence,” Chantha said.

Phnom Penh Court of Appeal Deputy Prosecutor Yin Sokuntheary told the court that provincial anti-drug police recorded Borom as having been arrested in flagrante delicto, while provincial court records showed that he had confessed.

“With these facts, I would like to ask the trial chamber to review the case and decide according to law,” she said.

After the nearly half-hour hearing, presiding judge Sam Oeun said the verdict would be announced on July 12.

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