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Bittersweet Sixteen

Prosecutors Ask for 16 Years Prison for Ugandan Bashir Gadafi Polikoko Who Tried to Smuggle Drugs into Bali

(10/27/2012) Bashir Gadafi Polikoko, a 39-year old Ugandan caught at Bali’s airport trying to smuggle 1 kilogram of methamphetamines in 66 swallowed capsules, has heard Bali prosecutors ask for 16 years in prison as the punishment for his crime.

Quoted by Kompas.com, the public prosecutor told the Denpasar District Court on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, that the proof was clear that Polikoko has violated the narcotic law of 2009.

Prosecutors are seeking an additional fine of Rp. 800 million that, if left unpaid, will add an additional year to the man’s prison sentence.

Polikoko was arrested on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, after disembarking a Qatar Airways flight form Doha. After undergoing an initial inspection by Custom’s officials, the Ugandan was sent to a local clinic where medical imaging revealed the 66 capsules concealed in his digestive system.

In the following two days, the concealed capsules were coaxed from the man's intestines yielding 1.055 kilograms of methamphetamine.

The Ugandan's trial continues in the Denpasar District Court

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