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Jakarta Post

Five Taiwanese crewmen get death penalty in drug smuggling case

  • Fachrul Sidiq

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 26, 2018   /   06:46 pm
Five Taiwanese crewmen get death penalty in drug smuggling case Taiwanese defendants attend a hearing at the South Jakarta District Court on April 26 for alleged drug smuggling. All eight of them have been sentenced to death for smuggling 1 ton of methamphetamine in July last year. (Antara /Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

The South Jakarta District Court has sentenced five yacht crewmen to death for their roles in smuggling 1 ton of drugs.

The five defendants were identified as Juang Jin Sheng, Sun Kuo Tai, Sun Chih Feng, Kuo Chun Yuan and Tsai Chih Hung.

In a separate hearing, the court also handed down death sentences to three other Taiwanese in the case named Liao Guan Yu, Chen Wei Cyuan and Hsu Yung Li.

The court found them guilty of violating articles 114 and 132 of Law No.35/2009 on narcotics.

The judge maintained that the committed crime could put the lives of future generations at risk.  

The three men were waiting on Anyer Beach, Banten while the five defendants unloaded crystal methamphetamine from the yacht.

The police said the drugs were worth Rp 2 trillion (US$143.9 million), making it was one of the biggest drug smuggling attempts in the country's history.

The defendants can still appeal the sentence.