South African Charged to Death Sentence in Bali


A tourist from South Africa, Stephen Henri Lubbe (58), is threatened with the death penalty as he was caught carrying 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamine shortly after landing at Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali.

“We charge the defendant on Law of Narcotics Import and Ownership with a maximum to death penalty,” said the General Prosecutor (JPU), I Ketut Sujaya, in a trial in the Denpasar District Court, on Monday.

The trial chaired by the Judge Anak Agung Wirakanta scheduled for prosecution. The defendant was accompanied by three attorneys, namely Andreas Manalu, Iswahyudi and Mansur Efendi.

“The defendant arrived at Ngurah Rai Airport on February 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm using Hong Kong Airlines flight. Then, the airport officials suspected the suitcase brought by the defendant,” said prosecutor Ketut Sujaya.

After the officers conducting an inspection, they found a black plastic bag tucked into the suitcase cavity with clear crystals containing methamphetamine or shabu-shabu.

The incident was started from the defendant knew a man named Martin Odi from Nigeria. Then, on February 7, 2014 before flying from Johannesburg, South Africa, heading to Bali, Martin Odi put some of the defendant’s clothes into a suitcase, which had contained those illicit goods.

The defendant’s friend told us that in addition to containing clothes, inside the suitcase it also contains money worth U.S. $ 30,000 and asked to give it to a friend in Jakarta. After running the query, the defendant would receive a reward of U.S. $1,000.

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