Death sentence for French man in Indonesia drug smuggling case

Félix Dorfin, 35, who was arrested last September on the Indonesian island of Lombok carrying a suitcase filled with about three kilos of drugs, including ecstasy and amphetamines, has been sentenced to death by a local court despite a recommendation by prosecutors that he serve 20 years in jail. 

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A Frenchman has been sentenced to death for drug trafficking in a shock verdict after prosecutors had asked for a 20-year prison term, reports BBC News.

Félix Dorfin, 35, was convicted of trafficking about 3kg (6.6lb) of various drugs into the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok.

He was arrested in September last year at the island's airport.

Indonesia has some of the world's strictest drug laws - including death for some traffickers.

He plans to appeal against the sentence, his lawyer said.

Dorfin was arrested carrying a suitcase filled with about 3kg of drugs, including ecstasy and amphetamines, after flying into the airport from Singapore.

The judge cited his involvement in an international drug syndicate and the amount of drugs in his possession as aggravating factors.

Read more of this report from BBC News.

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