Indonesian woman jailed for drug possession

The accused talking to officers from the Indonesia Consulate in Kuching.

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By Dorcas Ting

KUCHING, May 8: A 33-year-old Indonesian woman was today sentenced to a total 10 years and 6 months behind bars for possessing syabu (methamphetamine).

Accused Aswani was slapped with two charges, and she pleaded guilty to both of them.


High Court judge Lee Heng Cheong accepted her guilty plea and sentenced her to 9 years’ and 18 months’ jail respectively.

Lee, however, ordered both imprisonment terms to run concurrently from the date of arrest.

According to the charge sheet, Aswani was found to be in possession of 51.23g of methamphetamine in an unnumbered house in Kampung Serikin on Aug 4, 2017, at about 2.30pm.

She was charged under Section 12(2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and punishable under Section 39A(2) of the same Act, which carries imprisonment of not less than five years or for life, upon conviction. She was jailed 9 years for this charge.

For the other charge, she was found possessing 0.09g of methamphetamine in an unnumbered house in Kampung Serikin on Aug 4, 2017, at about 2.30pm.

She was charged under Section 12(2) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and punishable under Section 12(3) of the same Act. She was jailed 18 months for this charge.

DPP Musli Abdul Hamid prosecuted, while the accused was represented by counsel Ranbir Singh. — DayakDaily