Surabaya court charges 2 drug traffickers with death penalty

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta The Surabaya District Court on Thursday (July 7th) indicted two men in a major drug trafficking case. Defendants Dwi Vibbi Mahendra and Ikhsan Fatriana were found guilty of trafficking 43.4 kilograms of methamphetamine.

Delivering his verdict, Presiding Judge Martin Ginting said the court found Dwi and Ikhsan guilty of “committing a crime as intermediaries for the trafficking of Class 1 narcotics and charged the two men with the sentence of death”.

According to the panel of judges, the two defendants had contradicted the government’s program to eradicate drug-related criminal offenses and had potentially endangered the younger generation with a fantastic amount of drugs. The incriminating evidence was used by the court to charge the men with capital punishment.

“During this time, there was no aspect relieving the defendants,” the judge said. The death penalty aligns with the prosecution’s charges.

The lawyer for the two defendants, Adi Chrisianto, said he would appeal the court’s verdict. He claimed that “this is unacceptable as death sentences have been rejected in the past and refer to human rights law”.


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