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Legislators on Trial

Two Central Java Lawmakers Facing Lenient Sentences for Breaking the Narcotic Laws in Bali.

(8/7/2011) The separate cases of two Central Java legislators charged with breaking the anti-narcotic laws in Bali continues to make their way through the Denpasar judicial system.

Eddy Purwanto (37), a Demokrat Party official and a member of Commission C of the Semarang House of Representatives (DPRD-Semarang) has heard prosecutors ask for a 15 month sentence for possessing .56 grams of methamphetamine purchased for Rp. 1.9 million (US$210) at a Kuta night spot in February 2011.

His traveling companion on the Bali legislative study tour, Bambang Sutrisno (45), representing the PDI-P Party in the DPRD-Semarang, is charged with the lesser crime of failing to report a narcotics crime to the authorities. Prosecutors are seeking only a 10 month jail term for Sutrisno.

Purwanto could have faced up to 15 years in prison for his crime, but prosecutors have determined that he is a user of narcotics and is therefore exempt from the more severe punishment reserved for narcotics dealers.

The two men, being tried separately, are now making their defense please before the court, which will be followed by a decision on their guilt or innocence.

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