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20 May 2019 04:36PM
(Updated: 20 May 2019 04:51PM)
MATARAM, Indonesia: An Indonesian court sentenced Frenchman Felix Dorfin to death for drug smuggling on Monday (May 20), in a shock verdict after prosecutors asked for a 20-year jail term.
Dorfin, 35, was arrested in September carrying a suitcase filled with about 3kg of drugs including ecstasy and amphetamines at the airport in Lombok, a holiday island next to Bali where foreigners are routinely arrested on drugs charges.
Indonesia has some of the world's strictest drug laws - including death by firing squad for some drug traffickers and it has executed foreigners in the past.
While prosecutors had not asked for the death penalty, Indonesian courts have been known to go beyond their demands.
"After finding Felix Dorfin legally and convincingly guilty of importing narcotics ... (he) is sentenced to the death penalty," presiding judge Isnurul Syamsul Arif told the court.
He cited Dorfin's involvement in an international drug syndicate and the amount of drugs in his possession as aggravating factors.
"The defendant's actions could potentially do damage to the younger generation," Arif added.
The Frenchman made headlines in January when he escaped from a police detention centre and spent nearly two weeks on the run before he was captured.
A female police officer was arrested for allegedly helping Dorfin escape from jail in exchange for money.
It was not clear if the jailbreak played any role in Monday's stiffer-than-expected sentence.
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/as ... h-11548414
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