Interrupting a Sentence
Criminal Trial of Agitated Englishwoman Expected to End on Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Resisting until the bitter end, 43-year-old Auj-e Taqaddas, has twice missed her sentencing court session in Denpasar, Bali scheduled for Monday, January 28, 2019.
Claiming she was too ill to attend, this was the second time that the English woman failed attend her trial for assaulting an Indonesian Immigration officer on July 28, 2018.
Concerned that Taqaddas might try to flee the jurisdiction, Chief Judge at the trial Esthar Oktavi checked with the Chief Prosecutor that the woman had not somehow managed to regain possession of her passport. It was confirmed to the judge that the passport remained with Prosecutors who had taken steps to bar her exit from Indonesia until her trial has ended and any applicable sentence satisfied.
As reported by Beritabali.com, the judge ordered that the trial be continued until Wednesday, January 30, 2019. On that date, the judge said she would order the woman be forcibly brought to court, if required.
Taqaddas is charged under Section 212 paragraph 1 of the Indonesian Criminal Code (KUHP) regarding violence. The Cancer Researcher became emotional when told she would not be allowed to board her flight to Singapore without first paying a fine for overstaying by 3 months her original 60-day-visa.
Brought to an immigration interview room as she prepared to board her flight, witnesses tell how Taqaddas was in a highly emotional state when told she must surrender her passport in order to attend an administrative court procedure when a fine would levied against her. The woman reportedly began using profanities and tried to grab he passport from the hands of immigration officials. At the height of an apparent emotional meltdown, Taqaddas slapped a young immigration officer's face and tried to throw a WiFi router at a group of immigration workers.
During the course of the trial, Prosecutors had asked the course to sentence the woman to 1 year in prison, less than the maximum 14-month penalty allowed under the law. At the coming sentencing hearing, the judges can accept the sentence recommended by prosecutors, apply a greater or lesser sentence, or rule the woman not guilty and order her immediate release. A ‘not guilty” verdict would, however, appear highly unlikely given the fact that Taqaddas has admitted hitting the Immigration Official during the course of a trial at which she had repeatedly disrupted the proceeding.
Any final sentence will be credited with time served commencing from her arrest on July 28 (6 months).