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Two men sentenced to death for smuggling cannabis

Two men sentenced to death for smuggling cannabis

The West Jakarta District Court handed down the death penalty to Rizky Albar, 29, and Rocky Siahaan, 37, for their roles in smuggling 1.3 tons of cannabis to Jakarta from Aceh in December last year.

The verdicts were read in two separate hearings.

“There are no mitigating factors. The defendant is sentenced to death,” presiding judge Agus Setiawan said as he read Rizky’s verdict, kompas.com reported.

The panel of judges found him guilty of being the right hand of an infamous drug dealer named Iwan — who currently remains at large — in the drug’s smuggling scheme.

Agus said Rizky had been involved in several other massive drug smuggling attempts in the past, which contravened the government’s efforts to curb illegal drug circulation in the country.

In a separate hearing at the court, presiding judge Avrits sentenced Rocky to death for his role in recruiting several individuals to smuggle and distribute the cannabis.

The four other defendants involved in the case, Frengky Alexandro Siburian, 31, Yohanes Cristian Natal, 31, Ade Susilo, 29, and Gardawan, 24, received different sentences.

Gardawan was sentenced to life imprisonment, while the other three were sentenced to 20 years in prison.