Made Arya Kencana
Denpasar. Prosecutors at the Denpasar District Court on Tuesday asked for a 15-year prison sentence for a Malaysian man who has been charged with trying to smuggle 169 grams of methamphetamine into the country.
Lead prosecutor Ni Wayan Wetri said the actions of Hew Kok Seng, 39, went against the government’s anti-narcotics policy and he should be heavily punished.
He also sought a Rp 10 billion fine ($1.1 million) or an additional four months behind bars if Hew did not pay.
Hew, from Malaysia’s Selangor state, was arrested at Denpasar’s Ngurah Rai International Airport on March 19 after disembarking from an AirAsia flight that arrived from Bangkok.
Customs officers who were suspicious of his behavior inspected his luggage and found the drugs concealed in the lining of his suitcase. Officials later put the estimated street value of the narcotics at Rp 338 million.
Hew reportedly told officials that the drugs were his own and that he had planned to sell them in Bali.
The trafficking charge carries a sentence of anywhere from five years in jail to the death penalty. It also stipulates a minimum fine of Rp 1 billion and maximum of Rp 10 billion.
Hew is the latest foreigner to be tried in Bali on narcotics charges.
On Monday, the Denpasar court sentenced Australian national Edward Norman Myatt, 54, to eight years in prison for smuggling one kilogram of hashish and five grams of meth into Bali.
Prosecutors in that case had also sought a 15-year sentence for the defendant, citing the large amount of contraband he was carrying, his refusal to cooperate with law enforcement officials and the fact that he had attempted to flee from a police vehicle after his arrest on Feb. 27.
Like Hew, Myatt was also arrested at Ngurah Rai after a flight from Bangkok.
He was also fined Rp 1.5 billion, and he will serve an additional four months for failure to pay.