Wine Poisoner ‘Completely Escaped’, Gov’t Bodies Deflect Responsibility

The manufacturer of a methanol-laced wine that killed seven people and made 36 others sick earlier this year has “completely escaped,” police said, while various other state institutions said that the case was out of their hands or that food poisonings were not their responsibility.

Khchao Sovann, the alleged producer of tainted herbal wine “Taing Kuoy,” has been wanted by authorities for more than three months, but “there is nothing new,” said National Police spokesperson Chhay Kim Khoeun.

“Some cases are like searching for a needle in the sea. The authorities have tried very hard,” Kim Khoeun said. They are “very happy” when they can make an arrest, but in this case the suspect has “completely escaped,” he said.

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