A Cambodian Court of Appeals on Tuesday, December 6th, upheld the sentence of a Nigerian drug trafficking convict.
Precious Chineme Nwoko (pictured in court yesterday) was sentenced to 27 years imprisonment in Cambodia in 2014…
Khieu Vann, the lawyer for Taylor, told reporters that the appeals
court’s decision was an injustice and that he would consult with his
client to see if she wished to appeal to the Supreme Court.
Asked today by journalists why he used dating scams to turn women into
drug mules, Nwoko became enraged, according to a report by Australia’s
Sydney Morning Herald “Are you stupid? Get out of here.
You think you can come here and ask questions while I am jail,” he
shouted at Luke McMahon, a Melbourne writer who has revealed Taylor’s
plight in an exclusive story for Fairfax Media.
Nwoko, a ringleader in a heroin smuggling cartel in Cambodia was
arrested for handing a backpack containing 2.2 kilos (4.8 pounds) of
heroin to two women, 41-year-old Australian Yoshe Ann Taylor and 19 year
old French Charlene Savarino, for onward transportation to an
unidentified man in Australia.
Both women were however arrested in 2013 at Phnom Penh International
Judge Kor Vandy at Phnom Penh Municipal Court who presided over their
case said Nwoko and the two women were guilty of ‘cross-border smuggling
of illegal drugs and thereafter sentenced Nwoko’s 19year old girlfriend
Savarino to 25 years in jail, while 41 year old Taylor was handed 23
years. They all denied the drug belonged to them.