27-year-old Malaysian Sargunan M Suppiah has been sentenced to 17 years in prison after being found guilty of trying to smuggle 372 grams of heroin concealed in his underwear while passing through Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport on January 5, 2013.
Police estimated the street value of the heroin carried by Suppiah at Rp. 850 million (US$85,000).
The Denpasar District Court handed down the verdict on Monday, July 15, 2013.
According to Beritabali.com, the sentence and an accompanying fine of Rp. 1 billion (US$100,000) matched prosecutors’ sentencing demands in the case. Failure to pay the fine will add 3 additional months to the Malaysian’s prison sentence.
The panel of judges had at their disposal the option of imposing on the man the maximum penalty of death before a firing squad.
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