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.

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3 Responses to “Fifteen Years Sought for Japanese Drug Smuggler”

  1. steve Says:

    These people can’t get much dumber. An honest crim? How refreshing!

  2. Jens Says:

    almost 6kg of canninesses at the airport.. Why is it that he only faces a maximum of 15 years when Corby who had 4kg in her bag and there was serious reasonable doubt about her guilt faced the death penalty?

  3. scott Says:

    its not almost 6kg,its almst 6 grams ,so that works out around 2 and a half years per gram,frecking outragous ,the judges are all corrupt and have no idea of the real damage they are doin to these poor people, all they have done is chosen to smoke and travel with a harmless plant that has killed no one ! crazy,

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