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With Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, the national fight to abolish capital punishment will have to go local.
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Indonesia: Death Penalty for Inmate, Cop Controlling Drug Ring From Behind Bars

Bali's Kerobokan Prison
Bali's Kerobokan Prison
The Surabaya District Court on Tuesday (01/03) sentenced to death a female prison inmate for controlling a drug syndicate from behind bars with the help of a police officer and his wife, who also received the death penalty.

Tri Diah Toriassiah, also known as Susi, was serving a 7-year jail term in East Java's Porong prison in Sidoarjo district for another drug crime when she was found to have distributed at least 50 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of Rp 6 billion ($450,958), the court ruled.

Susi had enlisted the help of Adj. First Insp. Abdul Latif of the Sedati Subdistrict Police and his wife Indri Rahmawati to pick up shipments from a former inmate named Yoyok and distribute them to drug dealers across Surabaya, Indonesia's 2nd biggest city.

"Despite being in prison for drug offenses, Susi continued to run her [narcotics] business by working with Yoyok; the volume of drugs [they distributed] was huge," presiding judge Kamaruddin Simanjuntak said on Tuesday afternoon.

The judges unanimously agreed to hand her the death sentence.

Source: Jakarta Globe, March 1, 2016

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