30 January 2020 :
An Indonesian court has sentenced to death an inmate for running a drug-trafficking operation from behind bars.
Semarang District Court in Central Java province sentenced Minggus Indriansyah, 39, to death for his role in the trafficking of 200 grams of crystal methamphetamine, known locally as sabu-sabu.
Court spokesman Eko Budi Supriyanto said on 28 January 2020 that the sentence was handed down last week.
Indriansyah’s involvement in trafficking the drug was revealed after the National Narcotics Agency arrested a suspect last year identified as Sutan Andi Widakdo at Tanjung Emas Port in Semarang, the provincial capital of Central Java.
A further investigation revealed Indriansyah had helped provide the drug.
He was charged in July last year while serving time in a penitentiary in Pontianak, capital of West Kalimantan province.
Indriansyah had previously been sentenced to 17 years in prison for trafficking 6.5 kilograms of sabu-sabu and 39,000 ecstasy pills from Malaysia. He was initially sentenced to death but the sentence was commuted by the Supreme Court in 2017.