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Funcinpec General Denies Drug Production Accusations

Gen. Nhiek Bun Chhay, the secretary-general of Funcinpec, met with members of the press Tuesday to deny allegations he was involved in Cambodia's biggest methamphetamine lab bust.

Rumors have circulated in Cambodia's press that the Funcinpec officer had a professional link to a man now being held in the case, Chea Chong.

Nhiek Bun Chhay denied this link, blaming instead political provocateurs for the rumor.

The allegations and rumors stem from an April raid on a drug "super lab" that yielded a handful of suspects and nearly 5 tons of drug-production chemicals.

Oum Chhay, a high-profile suspect in the production ring, apparently leapt from a building while in custody earlier this month, killing himself.