Fifteen Years Sought for Japanese Drug Smuggler
Prosecutors in the case of a Japanese man who confessed to trying to smuggle cannabis through Bali last November have requested a 15-year sentence be handed down by judges.
Yuki Morita, 35, is on trial at Denpasar District Court.
He was arrested on November 14 attempting to smuggle narcotics through Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. When customs officers searched his bags they found 5.992 grams of cannabis wrapped in sheets of carbon paper.
Morita said he was taking the drugs to Australia because the market there was more lucrative than in Indonesia.
Speaking during a hearing on Wednesday, prosecutor M Darwis said “the defendant has been proven convincingly to have broken the law by producing, importing and exporting Group 1 narcotics.”
Morita is being prosecuted under 2009 anti-narcotics laws and faces a maximum 15 years’ imprisonment and a fine of Rp1 billion (US$115,367), convertible to an extra year in prison.
The trial continues next Wednesday, when the defence is expected to sum up.Filed under: Headlines