Uzoma Elele Alpha, a Nigerian national, was sentenced
to life in prison for possession of 7 kg of crystal meth.
Depok. The Depok District Court on Monday handed down a life sentence to Uzoma Elele Alpha, a 33-year-old Nigerian man, for possession of methamphetamine and marijuana worth an estimated Rp 6 billion ($451,400).
“Uzoma Elele Alpha has been proven guilty for owning grade 1 narcotic drugs and is sentenced to life imprisonment,” Judge Hariyanto said in his ruling at the court on the southern outskirts of Jakarta.
The sentence was lighter than the death penalty sought by prosecutors.
Chief prosecutor Eddy Abdul Aziz said his team would consider mounting an appeal to obtain the death sentence.
Alpha was arrested at his apartment at the Margonda Residence tower in Depok last December during a raid by authorities from the immigration office.
He failed to present valid papers for being in the country, prompting his arrest and subsequent drug testing, which came up positive for marijuana use.
Police then searched his apartment where they found seven kilograms of meth and 300 grams of marijuana.
Indonesia’s justice system takes a notoriously hard line on foreign drug offenders.
The country drew global condemnation earlier this year for a series of executions of drug convicts in which 12 foreign nationals and two Indonesians were gunned down by firing squad.
Source: The Jakarta Globe, July 7, 2015
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