Eight Taiwanese sentenced to death for drug smuggling in Indonesia

Taipei, Eight Taiwanese nationals found guilty of attempting to smuggle one ton of amphetamine into Indonesia in July 2017, received the death penalty on Thursday at the South Jakarta District Court, according to the Jakarta Post.

In two separate hearings, the district court found the three men waiting at Anyer Beach in the province of Banten to offload the drugs, and the five-man crew on the yacht transporting the drugs, guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of violating Indonesia's Narcotics Law.

The English daily first reported on the hearing involving the three defendants on the beach -- Chen Wei-chuan (???), Hsu Yung-li (???) and Liao Kuan-yu (???) -- who were responsible for the distribution of the drugs in Indonesia, which took place earlier in the day.

Despite an earlier appeal for leniency by the eight suspects, the court found no mitigating factors in the case of the three defendants for a lighter sentence, the Jakarta Post said.

The five other men, who shipped the drugs to Indonesia, received the same sentence later on Thursday, with the judge maintaining that the "committed crime could put the lives of future generations at risk," the Jakarta Post wrote.

The defendants were identified as Chuang Chin-sheng (???), Kuo Chun-yuan (???), Tsai Chih-hung (???), Sun Kuo-tai (???) and Sun Chih-feng (???).

The one ton of amphetamine was valued at US$143.9 million, according to police the post cited.

Four Taiwanese have been executed for drug related crimes since 2016, according to Indonesian government data, while a total of 19 Taiwanese, including the aforementioned eight, are now on death row for drug trafficking.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel