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Frenchman gets 15-year term in Indonesia drug case

July 23, 2014

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesia court sentenced a Frenchman to 15 years in prison on Wednesday for smuggling methamphetamine onto the resort island of Bali.

Francois Jacques Guily, 49, was arrested in January upon arrival at Ngurah Rai airport after Customs officials discovered two plastic packs containing 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds) of meth in his suitcase.

Denpasar District Court Judge I Gde Ketut Wanugraha also fined Guily to pay $870,000 or to serve three more months behind bars.

Guily was the second Frenchman sentenced in Bali in recent months on drug-related charges.

In May, the same court sentenced Thierry Claude Joseph Verchere to 10 months in jail.

The 47-year-old Josep was arrested a week earlier than Guily in Denpasar, Bali’s capital, after police seized cocaine worth $47,000 from his pocket.

Indonesia has extremely strict drug laws and convicted smugglers are often executed. More than 140 people are on death row, mostly for drug crimes. About a third of them are foreigners.

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