Cambodia arrests 13 over tainted rice wine

Cambodia has arrested 13 people in southern Kandal province’s Lvea Em district for allegedly producing and selling methanol-laced rice wine that had killed at least 12 people, a local police chief said on Friday.

“Two rice wine producers and 11 vendors have been arrested and sent to the Kandal provincial court for legal action over this fatal case,” Colonel Lak Mengthy, chief of Kandal provincial police’s minor crimes bureau, told Xinhua.

Twelve people in two villages of Sarika Keo commune had subsequently died between May 8 and 19 after consuming the tainted wine, the health ministry said in a statement on Thursday, adding that nine others remained hospitalized.

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