Dane Await Verdict in Narco Case

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday heard the case of a Danish national and his Cambodian girlfriend who were arrested in March with $140 worth of heroin and meth-amphetamines in Phnom Penh. Jesper Hvidberg Larsen, 43, who worked as a mechanic in Sihanoukville, and Sam Srey Srors, 25, were detained by police shortly after purchasing
the drugs from an African drug dealer.

Mr. Larsen told the court on Friday that the drugs were for personal consumption, and that Ms Srors was not aware that he was in possession of the narcotics. Mr. Larsen
pleaded with the court for clemency.

“When  I used drugs, I always hid it from here,” he told the court, adding that he regretted his actions and wanted to “correct” his wrongdoing. Taking the stand, Ms. Srey
Srors said that she did not live full-time with Mr Larsen and she was not aware of his drug use.

The lawyer for the suspects, Dun Vibol, asked the court to drop the charges against Ms Srors and for the court to consider a minimum sentence for Mr Larsen. Deputy Prosecutor Ek Cheng Huot, however, said the two defendants were aware of their actions and the court had adequate actions evidence to punish them accordingly.

Presiding Judge Sin Visal said a verdict will be announced next Friday.

Source: Cambodia Dayli

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