Eighteen Years Sought for Iranian ‘Drug Smugglers’
Prosecutors sought 18-year prison terms on Tuesday for eight Iranians who allegedly tried to smuggle drugs into Bali.
The Iranians were arrested in December last year with methamphetamines allegedly hidden in their stomachs, police said. They are on trial in five separate proceedings.
“The defendants’ actions were very dangerous to the young generation and against the government’s programme to combat narcotics,” prosecutor Ketut Terima told the Denpasar District Court.
Indonesia enforces stiff penalties, including life imprisonment and death, for drug trafficking.
The Iranians are expected to enter pleas when the trials resume on June 1.
Meanwhile, another Iranian national is in custody in Bali after being caught with more than a kilo of crystal meth with a street value of Rp2.2 billion (US$245,000) following customs checks at Ngurah Rai International Airport.
Airport customs head Bambang Wahyudi said Rouhollah Serish Abadi Bin Samad, 26, who arrived on a Qatar Airways flight from Doha on May 13, had been checked because he looked nervous.
Officers found the crystal meth – known here as shabu-shabu – in plastic packets concealed in the lining of his suitcase.
Samad told them he had been paid $2,000 (about Rp18.2 million) to bring the drugs to Bali for delivery to a Syrian national he knew only as Zahid.
He faces up to 20 years’ prison and a fine of Rp10 billion ($109,000) if convicted.Filed under: Headlines