INDONESIA: SUPREME COURT SENTENCES MALAYSIAN DRUG TRAFFICKER TO DEATH
April 20, 2013: The Indonesian Supreme Court sentenced a Malaysian national to death for the possession of more than 350,000 ecstasy pills and 48.5 kilograms of methamphetamine.
âThe court decided to give him the death penalty,â Ridwan Mansyur, a spokesman for the Supreme Court, told Indonesian news portal Detik.com.
Kweh Teik Choon was arrested by Soekarno-Hatta Airport police in January 2012 at his apartment in Taman Anggrek, West Jakarta, after a tip off by Fitri Ezadi, another Malaysian drug trafficking suspect.
The police seized 358,000 pills of ecstasy and 48.5 kilograms of methamphetamine stashed inside seven pieces of luggage in his apartment.
Fitri received 20 years in prison, which was heavier than the prosecutorsâ initial request for seven years.
Prosecutors at the Tangerang high court in Banten demanded the death sentence for Kwei during his trial in August 2012, though he was given 20 years imprisonment. The sentence was later annulled, with the court declaring that Kwei only had to serve 12 years.
Following the conviction, though, prosecutors filed an appeal to the Supreme Court, and Kwei was subsequently sentenced to death. (Sources: Jakarta Globe, 20/04/2013)