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Prosecutors demand death sentence for 2 Pakistani drug smugglers

  • Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

Semarang, Central Java   /   Thu, November 3, 2016   /  09:17 pm
Prosecutors demand death sentence for 2 Pakistani drug smugglers Pakistani Faiq Akhtar enters a court room prior to his hearing at the Semarang District Court on Nov. 3. (JP/Suherdjoko)

Prosecutors have asked Semarang District Court’s panel of judges to sentence two Pakistani nationals, Muhammad Riaz, alias Mr Khan, and Faiq Akhtar, to death over allegedly smuggling 97 kilograms of crystal methamphetamines or sabu-sabu into the country.

Prosecutor Diajeng Kusumaningrum of the Semarang Prosecutor’s Office said the two Pakistanis attempted to smuggle the sabu-sabu from China to Jepara, Central Java, via Tanjung Emas Port in Semarang.

She said Riaz had arranged the sabu-sabu delivery from Guangzhou, China, to Indonesia. The drugs were later hid in a warehouse belonging to furniture manufacturer CV Jepara Raya International in Pekalongan village, Batealit district, Jepara, before a National Narcotics Agency (BNN) team raided the drug network on Jan. 27.

“The defendant actively handled the documentation to import the sabu-sabu into Indonesia. He violated Article 113 of Law No. 35/2009 on narcotics. Prosecutors demand the death sentence [for the defendant],” Diajeng said in a trial at the Semarang district court on Thursday.

Separately, prosecutor Edi Budianto said the evidence showed Akhtar was involved in smuggling sabu-sabu into the country. He similarly demanded the death sentence for Akhtar as he also violated the 2009 Narcotics Law.

Judge Lasito, who led Riaz’s trial, asked the Pakistani’s team of lawyers to deliver their defense statement on Nov. 8. The court’s panel of judges is set to hand its verdicts for both defendants on Nov. 14. (ebf)

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