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Phnom Penh (VNA) - A court in Cambodia on June 22 sentenced a Belgian man to life in prison for attempting to smuggle 1kg of cocaine into Cambodia.

David Noel Catry, 34, was arrested on January 2018 at the Phnom Penh International Airport when a kilogram of cocaine was found in his suitcase.

According to Cambodian media, Catry confessed to the court that he had been offered 30,000 USD by a Brazilian man to bring the drug from Brazil to the Southeast Asian country.

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court also fined him 20,000 USD.

Cambodia has no death sentence for drug traffickers. Under its law, anyone who traffics more than 80 grams of illicit drug will be facing life imprisonment.

Since Thailand has taken tough measures against drug smuggling activities in the early 2000s, Cambodia has become a route used for trafficking drug, especially methamphetamine and heroin.

The Cambodian Government has promoted the fight against trafficking in drug in recent years, with hundreds of cases were brought to light, including those related to Cambodian senior officials and foreigners.-VNA