French drug suspect faces death penalty in Indonesia

MATARAM: A French man faces execution under Indonesia’s strict drug laws after he was caught using a false-bottomed suitcase to smuggle narcotics into the South-East Asian nation, an official said.

Prosecutors have accused Felix Dorfin of trafficking 4kg of cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamines.

The 35-year-old from Benthune in northern France was arrested after arriving at Lombok island’s airport from Singapore in Sept­ember.

“We are charging him with drug possession, carrying drugs to Indonesia from abroad and trafficking drugs,” lead prosecutor Ginung Pratidina told the court on Monday.

He faced a potential death sentence if convicted, Pratidina added.

Dorfin was read the charges with the aid of an English translator.

The Frenchman escaped from jail in late January by sawing through bars on the second floor window of the prison and rappelling to freedom with a sarong.

He spent nearly two weeks on the run before he was captured again in a forest in North Lombok. — AFP

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