Jakarta, An Indonesian prosecutor is to seek the death penalty for four Taiwanese nationals involved in a crystal methamphetamine smuggling case that took place in Indonesian waters in February, the Jakarta Post reported Tuesday.
The Taiwanese nationals, identified as Chen Chung-nan, Chen Chin-tun, Huang Ching-an and Hsie Lai-fu were officially handed over to prosecutors Monday, according to the report.
The chief prosecutor of the narcotics department, Dedi Siswadi, said the four are facing the death sentence, the report said.
The case unfolded as Indonesia's National Narcotics Agency and Navy captured the Taiwanese fishing boat Shun De Man No. 66 and its crew, including the four Taiwanese nationals, Feb. 7 in waters near Batam Island.
The vessel was carrying over one ton of crystal meth while flying a Singapore flag and sailing under the name of Sunrise Glory when it was captured.
Upon boarding the vessel, Indonesian authorities found the narcotics hidden 41 rice sacks.
In a similar case last year, Indonesia also handed down the death sentence to eight Taiwanese nationals who were found guilty of attempting to smuggle one ton of amphetamine into Indonesia in July 2017.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel