Make the Law? Break the Law?
Top Bali Lawmaker Sentenced to 12-Year Prison for Dealing in Narcotics
As the result of a drug bust that scandalized the higher echelons of Balinese society, the former deputy chairman of the Bali Provincial House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali), Jro Gede Komang Swastika (a/k/a Jro Jangol) (41), has been sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined Rp. 1 billion for his involvement in the sale of narcotics from his residence in Denpasar.
As reported by NusaBali, Jro Jangol received his sentence before a panel of judges in the Denpasar District Court on Thursday, June 7, 2018. The Courts have handed down the same sentence o the former lawmaker’s wife, Ni Luh Ratna Dewi (38), also found guilty of active involvement in the narcotic trade.
In handing down the sentence, the judges note how Jro Jangol’s criminality flew in the face of his role as an elected representative of the people and official government programs to combat narcotics use. Also taken into consideration by the judges was that prior to his arrest Jangol tried to escape arrest only to be eventually arrested by police cowering in a cow sty in rural Bali on November 4, 2017.
In not handing down an even sterner sentence, the judges noted the disgraced lawmaker's remorse and role as a breadwinner for his family.
Prosecutors had sought a sentence of 15 years in prison a fine of Rp. 1 billion.
Jro Jangol immediately accepted the penalty handed down by the court, declaring he would not appeal the matter further before the courts. Prosecutors, however, are taking the penalty under advisement.
In related criminal cases the Court sentenced Rahman, an assistant to Ratna Dewi to 12 years in prison and Rahman’s wife, Semiati, to 10 years in prison.
In earlier decisions, other accomplices including Wayan Sunada (44), was sent to prison for 6.5 years and a step-brother of Jro Jangol, I kadek Dandi Suardika, was sent behind bars for 5 years.