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Indonesia requests death penalty for 8 Taiwanese

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The Indonesian government is getting tougher on drug cases, with 16 Taiwanese sentenced to death or killed in raids in recent years

Indonesian prosecutors have requested the death penalty for 8 Taiwanese allegedly involved in a drug smuggling operation last year.

Tipped off by Taiwanese police, Indonesian police intercepted a record 1 tonne haul of crystal methamphetamine imported from China during a raid in Anyer Beach, west of Jakarta, on July 13 last year.

During the operation, Indonesian police killed a Taiwanese man alleged to be the kingpin of the drug ring, after he refused to surrender, and arrested 3 others, identified as Chen Wei-cyuan, Liao Guan-yu and Hsu Yung-li.

5 more Taiwanese were on July 15 arrested by Indonesian police in connection with the case.

While Chen, Liao and Hsu were responsible for taking delivery of the drugs in Indonesia, the other 5 were responsible for shipping the drugs to Indonesia on a Taiwanese cruise ship, Indonesian prosecutor Abun Hasbullah said.

Hsu was hired to pick up the drugs in Indonesia in exchange for 120 million rupiah (US$8,400), while Liao and Chen each got 80 million rupiah for unloading and packaging the drugs, Abun told a court hearing on Wednesday, during which he asked that the 8 be sentenced to death.

In similar cases in the past, people convicted of trafficking more than 1kg of methamphetamine have usually been given death sentences. As part of its war on drugs, the Indonesian government is increasing the severity of punishments, especially for foreigners.

According to information from the Indonesian government, 11 Taiwanese suspects have been sentenced to death in drug trafficking cases over the past few years, while 5 others have been killed during police operations.

Source: Taipei Times, January 11, 2018


Married couple arrested for possession of various drugs


A married couple in their 40s were arrested by the police after various types of drugs worth RM194,976 were found in their apartment at Muara Tabuan yesterday evening.

District police chief ACP Abang Ahmad Abang Julai revealed that Syabu weighing at 613.89 grammes, Erimin 5 (750 tablets / 208.29g) and Ecstacy (140 tablets / 50.18 g) were seized from the couple.

"Both suspects in this case will be investigated under Section 39B of the Dangerous Drug Act 1952 for drug trafficking which carries the death penalty if found guilty," said Abang Ahmad to a press conference held at the Kuching district police headquarters this morning.

He said that the male suspect, a 45-year-old Sarawakian showed positive result for methamphetamine in his drug test while the female suspect, a 40-year-old Indonesian produced negative result in her drug test.

"The male suspect have also admitted to be selling drugs starting last year. Both suspects have no past criminal records," he said.

The arrests yesterday, said Abang Ahmad, were conducted by the district's Narcotics Criminal Investigations Department (NCID) led by Inspector Khairul Faiz Zaini based on a public tip-off.

He added that the NCID team first approached the male suspect at the apartment's car park where he willingly handed the police a black satchel containing Syabu weighing at 2.1g and 100 tablets of Erimin 5.

Upon further inquiry, the male suspect then led the police to his apartment unit where the remaining drug stash was kept in a room.

At the apartment, police also found the female suspect who was later arrested for the same offence.

Besides the drugs, the police also seized a sedan car and cash money totalling to RM2,000 from the suspects who are currently under a 7-day remand.

Also present at the press conference were Abang Ahmad's deputies Supt Abang Junaidi Abang Anuar (operations) and Supt Ismail Mahmood (administration).

Source: Borneo Post, January 11, 2018

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