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Ugandan Gets 12 Years Prison from Bali Court for Trying to Smuggle a Kilogram of Methamphetamines


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(11/30/2012)

The trial of a 41-year-old Ugandan, Bashir Gadafi Polikoko has ended at the Denpasar District Court with a sentence of 12-years imprisonment and a supplemental fine of Rp. 8 billion (US$833,000).

The Ugandan, who told the court that he was employed as a taxi driver, was found guilty beyond any reasonable doubt of trying to smuggle 66 capsules containing 1,055 grams of methamphetamines into the country on May 30, 2012.

The drugs were concealed in Polikoko’s alimentary tract.

According to Seputarbali.com, prosecutors has sought a 16-year sentence for the man

When landing in Bali off a Qatar Airways flight from Doha, customs officials became suspicious of the man’s demeanor and brought him the BIMC Hospital in Bali for medical imaging that revealed the cache of drugs carried in his gut.

After being caught by police in Bali, Polikoko was brought by police to Jakarta where he lured his Indonesian female contact, Pratika Prasetya, out into the open where the police subsequently captured her.
Prasetya’s trial continues separately before the courts.

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