Barbarian Guarding the Gate
Prison Guard at Bali’s Kerobokan Prison Sentenced to 8 Years for Drug Dealing
A former guard at Bali’s notorious Kerobokan Prison, Fidel Ramos Sipayung (27), has been sentenced to 8 years imprisonment for his role in a narcotics syndicate operating at the penitentiary.
As reported by NusaBali, the sentence was handed down by the Denpasar District Court on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.
The sentence handed down to the prison guard was 5 years less than the punishment requested by State Prosecutors who were seeking 13 years imprisonment. The presiding judge handed down the lesser sentence after taking into consideration Sipayung had served the State and, ironically, received awards for his role in fighting illegal narcotics use.
In addition to 8 years jail, Fidel was fined Rp. 1.5 billion. A failure to pay the fine will result in an additional 4 months in prison.
While Fidel told the court he accepted the verdict, prosecutors declared they were considering appealing the sentence in order to increase the severity of the punishment.
Fidel was arrested outside Kerobokan’s prison on February 12th wearing his prison guard uniform and in possession of 44 grams of methamphetamines based on a tip from the National Anti-Narcotics Agency.
After his arrest and during interrogation Fidel said the methamphetamines in his possession were going to be delivered to an individual waiting outside the prison. Based on the information provided by Sipayung, police were able to arrest I Komang Amerta dan I Gusti Agung Bagus Kamesuara who are now undergoing trial in Denpasar. The two men were arrested carrying 77 ecstasy capsules weighing 23.26 grams.