Australian gets 1-year sentence for smoking marijuana

The Denpasar District Court sentenced on Thursday Australian national Nicholas James Langan and his Indonesian friend Hanung Pekik Hermantoro to a one-year term of imprisonment for smoking marijuana. The sentence was lighter than the four-year prison term demanded by the prosecutor.

Both Langan and Hermanto were arrested on Batu Bolong beach in North Kuta in late January as they shared a marijuana joint. Police seized a used marijuana joint weighing 0.1 grams and 0.86 grams of marijuana wrapped in brown paper.

The court found them guilty of violating Article 127 of Law No. 35/2009 on narcotics.

“Defendants Hanung Pekik Hermantoro and Nicholas James Langan were proven guilty of committing a crime together, abusing a type 1 narcotic. Each of the defendants is hereby sentenced to one year in prison,” presiding judge Cening Budiana said in the verdict.

According to the verdict, the two defendants were punished because they were acting...

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