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The Forlorn of Africa

South African Man Facing Execution for Smuggling Narcotics into Bali

(5/9/2014) A South African tourist, Stephen Henri Lubbe (58), has heard State Prosecutors ask for the death penalty for attempting to smuggle 1.5 kilograms of methamphetamines through Bail’s Ngurah Rai Airport on February 9, 2014.

The State News Agency Antara quotes public prosecutor I Ketut Sujaya who said before the Court on Monday, May 5, 2014, “We are charging the defendant with violations of section 113 paragraph 2 of Law Number 35 of 2009 regarding the importation and possession of narcotics with the maximum penalty of death.”

The South African has a defense team of three lawyers.

Sujaya also told the Court: “The defendant arrived at the Ngurah Rai Airport on February 9, 2014 at 1:00 am off Hong Kong Airlines Flight 6705. The customs officers were suspicious of a suitcase brought by the defendant.”

Following an inspection of the suitcase, customs office found a black plastic bag concealed in the framework of the suitcase containing crystal methamphetamines.

Lubbe said the concealment of narcotics originated from a Nigerian named Martin Oda who place the methamphetamines in the defendant’s suitcase.

Lubbe claims that Oda told Lubbe that the suitcase contained US$30,000 that he was to deliver to a man in Jakarta for a fee of US$1,000.

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