Two members of the House of Representatives from the Central Java Capital of Semarang (DPRD-Semarang) are facing the possibility of 15 years in prison if convicted for using narcotics during a visit to Bali in February 2011.
Appearing on the opening day of their separate trials in Denpasar on Monday, May 23, 2011, were Edy Purwanto (37) and Bambang Sutrisno (45), who were arrested by Bali police at the Hotel Ramayana in Bali on February 1, 2011, while on a working tour to the island. Purwanto and Sutrisno were arrested with 0.56 grams of methamphetamine, that the men claimed were purchased for Rp. 1.9 million ($210) at a night spot in Kuta.
Purwanto is a member of Commission C of the DPRD-Semarang from the Demokrat Party. Sutrisno is a lawmaker representing the PDI-P Party faction in the local legislature.
The two are charged with violations of the 2009 narcotics law which carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.
Undergoing trials in separate courtrooms, both men’s lawyers accepted the charges as filed before the court, refusing to make any legal objections or challenges.
Lawyers for both men, who continue to hold their elective seats in Semarang, are expected to present witnesses in coming court sessions that mitigate the criminal charges with which their clients are charged.
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