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Crime and Punishment in Bali

Russian Drug Courier Gets 8 Years Prison in Bali

(10/19/2012) The Russian national standing trial in Bali for attempting to smuggle 88 capsules of illegal narcotics concealed in his gut has finally been sentenced to 8 years in prison in Bali by the Denpasar District Court.

Alexander Simonov, a Russian yoga instructor, was ruled “guilty as charged” for trying to smuggle drugs via Bali’s airport on April 24, 2012. In addition to his 8-year sentence, the Russian received an addition fine of Rp. 1 billion (US$104,00), a failure of which to pay will add two more months to his lengthy sentence.

The sentence was 2 years less than the 11 years demanded by prosecutors.

According to The Jakarta Globe, Simonov was branded by the presiding judge as a courier for an international drug syndicate attempting to bring hashish into Bali.

Simonov told the court he would not appeal the sentence but reportedly became violent and tried to strike out at a photographer attending the court session.

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