Xaysana denies charges, will fight case in court

Xaysana Keopimpha arrives at the Criminal Court on Tuesday. (Photo by Patipat Janthong)

Accused Lao drug lord Xaysana Keopimpha has denied involvement in the smuggling of 1.2 million methamphetamine pills into Thailand with intent to sell and will fight the charges filed against him in court.

Mr Xaysana, 42, was taken from the Central Correctional Institution for Drug Addicts, where he is being detained, and arraigned in the Criminal Court on Tuesday morning by public prosecutors.

According to the indictment filed on April 12, Mr Xaysana and six other alleged accomplices had operated  as a network in smuggling 1.2 million methamphetamine pills into Thailand from Laos through the Nong Khai checkpoint on Sept 30, 2016. 

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