A French citizen, Vincent Roger Petrone (44) was sentenced to six years in prison and a fine of Rp1 billion due to marijuana smuggling through Bali.
The verdict was read by Chief of Denpasar District Court Judges Panel, Parulian Saragih, which is one year longer than the prosecution.
In the previous trial, the Prosecutor I Putu Gede Astawa sued the defendant to five years in prison.
“Based on the fact of the trial, the defendant proved to import narcotics weighing 59.7 grams of marijuana types to Indonesia without the necessary license from the competent authority,” the judge said.
The action of the man who works as a plasterer in the construction in his country has met the elements in the first charge on Paragraph 2 of Article 113 of Law No. 35 of 2009 on Narcotics.
Erwin Siregar as the defendant’s lawyer stated that he would think about the sentence imposed by the presiding judge against his client.
“We actually expect our client to be sentenced to minimal length in prison, but it was missed. Therefore, we will think about it,” he said.
The defendant was caught in the international arrival terminal of Ngurah Rai Airport, Bali, on January 29, 2013, after traveling by plane from Kuala Lumpur using Malaysia Airlines flight number MH-853.
When entering the Customs checkpoint at Ngurah Rai Airport, the middle-aged man was moving hastily making the officer suspicious. The X-ray examination of the defendant’s luggage did not produce any result.
The officers felt sure there was something wrong so they brought the defendant into a dedicated space for physical examination. The officers took the defendant to the BIMC Hospital, Kuta, to know the contents of the defendant’sstomach.
After going through the X-ray examination, it is known that the strange round thing was stored in the defendant digestion cavity. The thing was also eventually be thrown out by force.