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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Indonesia: Prosecutors demand death for drug-smuggling Lithuanian

A state prosecutor in North Sumatra has demanded the death penalty for Lithuanian citizen Mindaugas Verikas, who was caught in possession of 3.2 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine.

Prosecutor Nova on Wednesday asked the panel of judges at the Medan District Court to sentence the defendant to death, as the drugs confiscated from him exceeded the five-gram threshold for the death penalty as stipulated in Chapter 114 of the 2009 Narcotics Law.

Responding to the prosecution, Indra Cahya, presiding over the panel of judges, asked the team of state prosecutors to separate the defendant from other detainees at Tanjung Gusta Prison in the city.

“Since the defendant could face the death penalty, he should be separated from other inmates in the prison,” he said.

Mindaugas was arrested attempting to bring in the illegal drugs to Indonesia through Kuala Namu International Airport on Dec. 14 last year.

Source: The Jakarta Post, Apriadi Gunawan, June 17, 2015

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