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Frenchman Given 6 Years in Prison for Smuggling Hashish into Bali


Bali News: Bali, Indonesia, Parulian Saragih, Erwin Siregar, Vincent Roger Petrone, French citizen, hashish, narcotics, prison sentence
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(7/20/2013)

A French national Vincent Roger Petrone (44) has been sentenced to 6 years imprisonment by a panel of judges in the Denpasar District Court after being convicted of smuggling 69 grams of hashish into Bali on January 29, 2013.

The drugs were concealed in capsules placed inside Petrone’s anal cavity.

As reported by Beritabali.com, chief judge Parulian Saragih found the Frenchman guilty of violating Indonesia’s 2009 anti-narcotics law.

The judges chose to ignore prosecutors’ demands that the man be sent to prison for five years, imposing an additional year and a fine of Rp. 1 billion (US$100,000). Failure to pay the fine will add 2 additional months to the 6-year sentence.

Petrone’s attorney Erwin Siregar told the press he had not expected the court to impose a penalty higher than that sought by prosecutors, saying he was still considering appealing the sentence.

Petrone was caught at Bali’s airport with the hashish concealed in his person after disembarking a Malaysian Airline flight from Kuala Lumpur on January 29, 2013.

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