Malaysian citizen gets death sentence for smuggling narcotic drugs

Putussibau, W Kalimantan (ANTARA News) – The district court of Putussibau, West Kalimantan, has sentenced Malaysian citizen Chong Chee Kom (42) to death for illegally importing 31,646.89 kilograms of metamphetamine and 1,988 ecstasy pills into the country.

“Based on facts unveiled during court sessions, Chong Chee Kok was proven guilty of illegally importing first-category narcotic drugs,” presiding judge Handoyo said after the session here on Thursday afternoon.

The defendant violated Article 113 paragraph 2 of Law Number 35, 2009, on narcotic drugs.

The judge stated that the defendant did not accept the verdict and planned to file an appeal against it.

“He has 30 days to file the appeal,” Handoyo added.

Public prosecutor Mugiono accepted the sentence, saying that it had matched with his demand.

Chong Chee Kok was arrested by a joint team of law enforcers on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at 11.30 a.m. while he was crossing the Malaysia-Indonesia border checkpoint in Badau sub-district, Kapuas Hulu, in the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan, along with the drugs.

With regard to the success in uncovering the case, the joint team of Malaysian-Indonesian border officers had been given an award and promotion which was handed over personally by the chief of the XII/Tanjungpura Regional Military Command, Major General Andika, on Aug 9.

Source: Antara News