INDONESIA: FRENCH DRUG SMUGGLER'S DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED
August 2, 2019:
A French drug smuggler's death sentence was commuted on 2 August 2019 by an Indonesian court to 19 years in prison, less than three months after the surprise ruling put in him line for execution by firing squad. (Sources: Afp, 02/08/2019)
Felix Dorfin, 35, was handed a capital sentence in May following his arrest last year at the airport in Lombok, a holiday island next to Bali -- where foreigners are routinely charged with drugs offences.
Dorfin was carrying a suitcase filled with about three kilograms (6.6 pounds) of drugs including ecstasy and amphetamines when he was seized, but maintained he had no knowledge of the narcotics.
The full ruling by the Mataram High Court in Lombok was not available, but Dorfin's lawyer and a court spokesman confirmed its decision.
"The district court considered the evidence properly but we've changed the sentence from death to 19 years in prison," said court spokesman Mas'ud, who goes by one name.
He cited "extenuating circumstances", including what he described as Dorfin's regret for any wrongdoing.
"The death sentence is for cases where there aren't any extenuating circumstances," Mas'ud said.
The new sentence requires that Dorfin pay a huge fine of some 10 billion rupiah ($705,000) within a month, or serve an additional year in prison, he added.
Ginung Pratidina, the prosecutor in the case, said he was deciding whether or not to appeal the decision.