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Jakarta Post

Medan drug kingpin sentenced to death for smuggling methamphetamines from Malaysia

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan, North Sumatra   /   Wed, June 12, 2019   /  01:41 pm
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Defendants Junaidi Siagian (left) and Elpi Darius listen to the judge at the Medan District Court in Medan, North Sumatra, on Tuesday.(Tribun Medan/Daniel Siregar)

The Medan District Court has sentenced Junaidi Siagian to death for smuggling 53.3 kilograms of methamphetamines from Malaysia.

At the same hearing, Junaidi’s associate Elpi Darius was sentenced to life for taking part in the smuggling. Earlier, prosecutors had demanded that the court sentence them both to death. 

Presiding judge Gosen Butar-butar said the two defendants were found guilty of violating the 2009 Narcotics Law.

“There is nothing that mitigates the actions of the two defendants. Defendant Junaidi is sentenced with the death penalty and defendant Elpi Darius with life imprisonment,” Gosen said during the hearing on Tuesday.

Gosen said Junaidi was given a harsher sentence because he was found to be the mastermind behind the case, while E...