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2 Taiwanese in Indonesia have death sentence appeal rejected

2018/10/15 18:20:24

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Jakarta, Oct. 15 (CNA) Indonesia's Supreme Court recently rejected appeals by two Taiwan nationals against death sentences they were given for smuggling 60 kilograms of amphetamines into the Southeast Asian country.

The two Taiwanese, Huang Chih-wei and Lin Shin-han, had their appeals rejected on Oct. 10 after being sentenced to death by the Jakarta High Court in September 2017 for possession of 60 kg of amphetamines uncovered in an apartment in Ancol, northern Jakarta.

Indonesian authorities indicated, however, that the verdict is not final and that the two can still appeal the decision.

According to Indonesian police, Huang allegedly smuggled the drugs into Jakarta on Aug. 9, 2016 and initially stayed at a hotel in the city's shopping district of Mangga Dua.

Three days later, Huang transported the drugs to the apartment in Ancol and met with Lin, the police said.

After they were arrested, prosecutors in June 2017 sought the death sentence for Huang and Lin, but a Jakarta district court sentenced them to life imprisonment.

Prosecutors appealed the verdict, and the Jakarta High Court sentenced the two to death in September 2017.

That was the verdict appealed by Huang and Lin that was rejected on Oct. 10.

According to Indonesian authorities, there are currently 19 other Taiwan nationals in Indonesian prisons on death row for drug-related charges.

(By Jay Chou and William Yen)
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