2 Malaysian men sentenced to 25 years in Cambodia for drug trafficking

Source: Xinhua| 2017-07-28 23:21:01|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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PHNOM PENH, July 28 (Xinhua) -- A Cambodian court on Friday convicted two Malaysian men of trafficking 2.17 kilograms of cocaine and sentenced each of them to 25 years in prison.

Mohamad Rizduan, 27, was arrested on Nov. 11, 2016 upon his arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport and his accomplice, Hemkavin Karthig Su, 26, was caught when he planned to receive the drugs at the airport.

Rizduan hid the illicit drugs in vacuum-sealed cakes inside his carry-on luggage and flew from Brazil to Peru, Qatar and Cambodia, and his intended destination was China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

They were charged with illegally possessing and trafficking illicit drug substances under the country's Drug Law, said the verdict read by Phnom Penh Municipal Court's Presiding Judge Horn Sok Khemarin.

"The court decides to sentence Mohamad Rizduan and Hemkavin Karthig Su to 25 years in prison and fine each of them 30 million riel (7,500 U.S. dollars)," the verdict said.

During a hearing last month, they confessed to the crime and pleaded for leniency.

Under the Cambodian law, the convicts have one month to appeal against the ruling.