JAKARTA: A Dutch national who police said ran one of the largest drug operations in South-East Asia, was sentenced to death yesterday by an Indonesian court.
Ang Kiem Soei, an ethnic Chinese holding a Dutch passport and an Indonesian identity card, had been charged for owning a huge factory making the drug Ecstasy. Police found the factory in April last year in the city of Tangerang, west of here.
“The defendant produced (illegal drugs) in an organised way, distributed them in an organised way and stored them also in an organised way. The punishment for those crimes is the death penalty,” judge Hatta Ali told Elshinta radio in an interview after the trial.
Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri is a strong supporter of the death penalty for drug dealers and frequently peppers her speeches with references to the dangers of drug use by youths.
Anti-drug campaigns have been on the rise in recent years and activists have been attending Ang’s trial since it started. – Reuters
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