JAKARTA: The Batam District Court has sentenced two Malaysians and a Singaporean to death for smuggling 168,987 ecstasy pills into Indonesia.
Malaysians Mohammad Sollehudin Anuar and Azmee Johari and Singaporean Ong Beng Song were charged with bringing in the drugs from Malaysia into Indonesia via Batam, an island in Riau province.
They were found guilty on Monday under Article 114 of Law No. 35/2009 on narcotics, for which the maximum sentence is death, said presiding judge Jack Octavianus, as reported by The Jakarta Post yesterday.
The trio were detained after police received a tip-off about the drugs, which were concealed in a compressor belonging to an expedition company in Tiban, Batam, in early May last year.
The company then transported the compressor to Tanjung Pinang, the capital of Riau province.
Under police surveillance, the drugs were then sent to Pekanbaru, Riau, Lampung and then to Merak before arriving in Jakarta on June 5.
Batam police arrested the Malaysians in a house in Kalideres, west Jakarta, the following day.
They were caught in the act of receiving the drugs, while the Singaporean was arrested in a nearby restaurant while eating there with his family. — Bernama