Seven drug criminals get death penalty

29th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

JAKARTA, May 29, 2007 (AFP) - An Indonesian court sentenced Tuesday two Europeans and five Chinese nationals to death for running a large ecstasy factory outside the capital Jakarta, a court official said.

JAKARTA, May 29, 2007 (AFP) - An Indonesian court sentenced Tuesday two Europeans and five Chinese nationals to death for running a large ecstasy factory outside the capital Jakarta, a court official said.

The Supreme Court ordered the sentences against a French and a Dutch national who were found guilty late last year of producing dangerous substances, said court spokesman Djoko Sarwoko.

Dutchman Nicolaas Garnick Josephus Gerardus, 61, and French national Serge Areski Atlaoui, 43, have not yet been informed of their sentence, he said.

Five Chinese nationals were also given the death penalty after they were convicted in a separate trial last year of helping organise production of drugs at the same factory, said Sarwoko.

"The Supreme Court decided at 3:00 pm (0800 GMT) today that ... seven ecstasy experts should all receive the death penalty," he told AFP.

"The seven experts are one Frenchman, one Dutch and five Chinese men."

"We decided to deliver the death penalty because it is related to international organised crime which is very dangerous," he added.

Two owners of the factory are already on death row after their conviction last year, officials have said.

The tough penalties came after appeals were lodged against life sentences handed to the two Europeans, and jail terms of 20 years given to the Chinese, following their convictions, Sarwoko told AFP.

Prosecutors said during their trials last year that the plant was among the largest ecstasy factories ever found in Southeast Asia, and recommended the judges pass the death sentence.


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