French man 'appalled' by death sentence

30th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

JAKARTA, May 30, 2007 (AFP) - A French national among seven people handed the death penalty in Indonesia for working in an ecstasy factory said Wednesday he was "appalled" by the sentence.

JAKARTA, May 30, 2007 (AFP) - A French national among seven people handed the death penalty in Indonesia for working in an ecstasy factory said Wednesday he was "appalled" by the sentence.

Serge Areski Atlaoui, 43, said the punishment was unjust because he had carried out only menial maintenance tasks at the factory.

"I cannot accept it," he said from his prison cell in a Jakarta suburb. The death sentence was handed down Tuesday by Jakarta's supreme court.

"I am not a chemist," he said. "I am appalled."

A Dutch national and five Chinese were also sentenced to death on Tuesday for running the drugs factory outside Jakarta.

Atlaoui accused the court of sparing the Indonesian defendants, who were given 20-year jail sentences, even though they were more directly involved in the production of the drugs.

"All the foreigners were given the death sentence. They (the Indonesian authorities) are trying to say that foreigners are polluting their country," he said. "They are using lies to justify the death penalty."

Atlaoui was convicted late last year and initially sentenced to life imprisonment.


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