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Monday, November 14, 2016

Taiwanese drug smugglers lose final death sentence appeal in Indonesia

The Supreme Court of Indonesia on Friday upheld the death sentence against 3 Taiwanese men who were convicted last year of smuggling drugs into the country. 

In its ruling, the court said the crime committed by the 3 defendants would cause great harm to Indonesians, particularly young people.

Chen Chia-wei, Wang An-kang and Luo Chih-cheng, therefore, deserve capital punishment, the court ruled in its 2nd trial of the case.

According to the court documents, the 3 men were arrested at Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in 2014 while attempting to smuggle 2 kilograms of amphetamine into the country from Hong Kong.

They were sentenced to death by a Jakarta district court last year but the sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment in an appeal to the High Court.

Prosecutors, however, appealed the High Court ruling and in January the Supreme Court sentenced the defendants to death.

The 3 defendants then filed an extraordinary appeal that was turned down Friday by the Supreme Court.

They are the 1st Taiwanese nationals to be sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug smuggling since that country's President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, took office 2 years ago.

Jokowi has taken strict measures to crack down on drug-related crimes, saying that drugs are destructive to young Indonesians and advocating the death penalty for convicted drug dealers.

The Indonesian government will show no mercy to anyone convicted of drug crimes, he said.

In August, a district court in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta sentenced 4 other Taiwanese to death for possession of 26 kg of amphetamine but they have since appealed the verdict.

Currently, some 30 Taiwanese nationals convicted of drug-related crimes are behind bars in Jakarta and Central Java, according to Indonesian authorities.

Source: focustaiwan.tw, November 13, 2016

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