Indonesian gets death for drug trafficking

Full story: The Star Online
SHAH ALAM: An Indonesian labourer was sentenced to death by the High Court here yesterday for trafficking in 1.7kg of ganja. Full Story

“Changed screen name 2 Stedenko”

Since: Nov 08

Los Angeles, CA

#1 Dec 7, 2009
First I want to say that I think that death is too extreme a penalty for drug trafficking under any circumstances. Personally I feel the only time the death penalty can be justified is when another life is taken directly.

That being said, I also think that one of the stupidest things a person can do is to take drugs into a country that has the death penalty for smuggling. Sure, it's easy money - until the smuggler gets caught. I'll bet that was a really unpleasant moment, standing there with the bag of weed at his feet when the police arrived. I wonder what was his reaction upon being sentenced to death... was it horror and dismay? Or did he smack his head and say, "D'oh!" like Homer Simpson? Actually that would be sort of an amusing side note to a very unfortunate situation.

Anyway - where's Amnesty International? Where are all the bleeding hearts who take offense to executing murderers? There doesn't seem to be much support around here for Alan Setiawan - except for me - and I just pity the guy, and barely feel sorry for him.

So where are you anti-DP guys? Some of us will actually agree with you on this one.


Saturday December 5, 2009
Indonesian gets death for drug trafficking

SHAH ALAM: An Indonesian labourer was sentenced to death by the High Court here yesterday for trafficking in 1.7kg of ganja.

Alan Setiawan, 38, from Sumatra was found guilty of committing the offence on April 25 last year.

According to the facts of the case, Alan was nabbed by police at a fertiliser warehouse in Port Klang at about 8.30pm.

In his defence, Alan had testified that the plastic bag containing the compressed ganja belonged to his friend Udin who had asked him to come to the warehouse for a job.

Alan claimed that Udin dumped the bag and ran away upon seeing the police. However, according to witnesses, it was Alan who was holding the bag, which he threw away upon seeing the police.

In delivering the sentence, judicial commissioner Mohd Yazid Mustafa said the prosecution had proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Alan was guilty.

He added Alanís claims that he had gone to see Udin for a job was questionable as it was at night and the warehouse was deserted.

K.A. Ramu represented Alan while DPP Mohd Nordin Ismail appeared for the prosecution.

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