Pubdate: Thu, 23 Jun 2016
Source: Jakarta Post (Indonesia)
Copyright: The Jakarta Post
Author: Apriadi Gunawan


The Medan District Court on Wednesday decided on capital punishment 
for four Indonesians convicted of smuggling 270 kilograms of crystal 
methamphetamine from Malaysia to North Sumatra.

The four defendants are businessmen Ayau and Daud, alias Athiam, from 
Bengkalis, Riau, Lukmansyah, a security guard in Dumai, Riau, and 
Jimmy Syahputra, a resident of Deli Serdang, North Sumatra.

The panel of judges found that they violated the Narcotics Law, which 
carries a maximum penalty of death for traffickers.

"The defendants are proven to have conspired to traffic narcotics. 
With all the evidence, the judges rejected their defence and ordered 
the death penalty," said presiding judge Asmar while reading out the 
verdict on Wednesday night.

In October, the National Narcotics Agency (BNN), along with the Dumai 
Customs Office, foiled the smuggling in Medan, North Sumatra.

Almost 300 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, locally known as 
shabu-shabu, were packaged in 45 boxes.

The value of the substance is estimated to be Rp 500 billion, with 
the average price of meth in Indonesia Rp 2 billion per kilogram.

Indonesia is currently one of the main markets for meth trafficking 
in Asia. A number of smuggling attempts in large amounts have been 
successfully foiled by the authorities.

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has implemented a tough drug policy by 
ordering executions of drug traffickers since he took office in 2014.

The government is currently preparing for a third round of executions 
of 18 inmates, despite condemnation from human rights activists.

Asmar said the syndicate transported the meth from China to Malaysia 
and finally to Medan, North Sumatra.

Daud first met a person, identified as Lau Lai alias Aan alias Jecky 
who is still at large, at the CK Malaka Hotel in Malaysia in August.

They later plotted to smuggle the drugs to Medan. Lau Lai asked Daud 
to find a receiver and a warehouse to keep the meth in Medan.

Daud later contacted Ayau and Irwan Toni, also still at large, to 
find the meth storage place in Medan.

Daud also contacted Jimmy and transferred Rp 55 million to the 
latter's account to purchase a car to unload and transport the large 
amount of meth from Dumai port, Riau, to Medan.

The court also revealed that in September Irwan contacted Lukmansyah 
to tell him that the meth packages were on their way to Medan. It was 
at this time that the information was leaked to the custom officials in Dumai.

The meth arrived at Dumai in October and was initially to be kept in 
a water tank at the Jade Square warehouse complex on Jl. Yos Sudarso, Medan.

Authorities raided the warehouse a day after the meth arrived and 
arrested Jimmy and seized the meth packages.

The lawyer of the four defendants, Nurwadi Aco, said he would appeal 
the verdict.

"Several facts are still in dispute," he said after the trial.
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