Prosecutors in Bali demand 13-year sentence for Singaporean techno DJ over cocaine smuggling via postal service

Singaporean national Muhammad Faliq bin Nordin is escorted by customs officials during a presentation to the media following his arrest on drug charges in Denpasar, Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, on September 19, 2016. Faliq was arrested by police authorities on September 10 for possession of 100.2 grams of methamphetamine and 30.3 grams of cocaine at a post office in Denpasar. Photo: Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Bali prosecutors are demanding a 13-year prison sentence for a Singaporean techno DJ on trial over trying to smuggle cocaine through postal service.

In addition to the jail time, prosecutors are also pushing for a fine of Rp 1 billion (or six extra months) for 32-year-old Muhammad Faliq Bin Nordin.

“The defendant is legitimately and convincingly guilty of committing an offense in violation of the law with a class I drug over five grams,” prosecutor Dewa Gede Ngurah Sastradi said in Denpasar District Court on Tuesday, as quoted by Antara Bali.

Prosecutors say the Singaporean deserves a heavy punishment because his actions were contrary to intensified efforts by the government to eradicate drug abuse in Bali.

In his trial, it was revealed that Nordin took two parcels from the Netherlands on September 10, 2016 from a post office in Renon, Denpasar. The recipient had actually been marked as  Kobu Raum Dekodex, with an address in Sanur. Both packages had different senders, but both from the Netherlands.

Nordin came to the post office with a letter indicating that Kobu Raum gave him permission to pick-up the package, Bali customs told reporters after the Singaporean’s arrest.

The Singaporean had apparently been working as a DJ in Bali several months prior to his arrest. Spinning under the name FAL:X, the DJ is attached to renowned techno labels such as Italo Business and Cobb Recordings, and has played in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines aside from regular stints in a number of clubs back in his home country. 

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