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Malaysian Drug Smuggler Sentenced to 13 Years Prison for Smuggling Drugs into Bali

(8/10/2012) A Malaysian national Hew Kok Seng (39) has been sentenced to spend 13 years behind bars after being found guilty of smuggling 146 grams of methamphetamines into Bali.

The sentence was handed down by the Denpasar District Court together with a dine of Rp. 1 billion (US$107.500) in lieu of which an additional two months will be added to the sentence.

As reported by Radar Bali, the presiding judge in the case, Nur Syam, said he agreed with the public prosecutor that the Malaysian’s acts represented a violation of the National Anti-Narcotics Law of 2009. Moreover, Hew’s acts, the judge ruled, were in direct violation of the Indonesian government’s efforts to halt the use of dangerous narcotics.

In not imposing a longer sentence or the death penalty the judge took into consideration the defendant’s polite demeanor during the trial and his ready admission of wrong doing.

The Court heard how Hew’s nervous demeanor when arriving in Bali on March 19, 2012, caused Custom’s officials to x-ray his luggage revealing the package of hidden narcotics concealed within his luggage.