The Jakarta Post
The Bengkalis District Court in Riau sentenced two people to death on Wednesday after they were found guilty of violating the Narcotics Law by transporting 10 kilograms of powdered methamphetamine.
According to court documents, the police arrested 38-year-old M. Hanafi of Batubara, North Sumatra, and Riko Fernando of Pekanbaru, Riau, after they were caught transporting pressed methamphetamine powder last December during a raid in Siak Kecil district, Bengkalis regency, Riau.
Both Hanafi and Riko claimed that they were instructed by a Lampung Prison inmate to deliver the meth packages from Dumai, Riau, to Lampung for Rp 130 million (US$8,700). However, they had only received Rp 4 million as transport money.
They said they had no idea where the packages of meth had come from as they were only ordered to pick up the packages from Dumai.
The prosecutor from the Bengkalis District Attorney’s Office demanded the defendants receive capital punishment as per the 2009 Narcotics Law.
“They have worsened the drug trafficking problem in the country,” presiding judge Sutarno said.
Their lawyer, Farizal, said they were still considering whether to file an appeal for the sentence.
In response, prosecutor Agrin Nico Reval said they would also consider the possibility of an appeal.
“If the defendants decide to go forward with the appeal, we are ready to file one too,” he said. (ris/swd)