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Jakarta Post

Roy Marten gets 3 years in jail

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, April 12 2008   /  11:17 am

Roy Marten, one of the country's most popular movie stars in the early 1980s, was sentenced by a Surabaya court on Friday to three years in jail and a fine of Rp 3 million (about US$325) for using illegal drugs. Berlin Damanik, the judge who presided over the trial, said the sentence was lighter than the 3.5 years demanded by prosecutors as the defendant was found guilty only of using and not selling the drugs. Speaking to reporters following the reading of the verdict, Berlin said the court found no evidences that Roy, who was previously jailed for nine months on a similar charge, was involved in the distribution of the drugs. "The defendant knew nothing about the distribution of the drugs as charged by prosecutors," he said. Roy, one of many movie stars appointed by the National Narcotics Agency to promote an anti-drug campaign, was apprehended t...