Updated: 05/09/2013 02:37 | By Agence France-Presse

German drug smuggler sentenced to 5 years in Indonesia

An Indonesian court sentenced a German man Wednesday to five years in prison for attempting to smuggle hashish onto the resort island of Bali.


German drug smuggler sentenced to 5 years in Indonesia

Martin Robert Moller (R) of Germany speaks with his lawyer inside a court room in Denpasar on Bali Island on May 8, 2013. Moller was sentenced to 5 years in jail by an Indonesian court for smuggling drugs onto the resort island.

Martin Robert Moller, 41, was detained in December by customs officials with 232 grams (8.2 ounces) of hashish in two capsules as he arrived at the island's international airport from Bangkok on a Thai Airways flight.

Judge Sugeng Riyono said the sentence was in line with the country's current programme to fight drugs.

"This sentence will prevent him from committing such an act again, and serves as a warning to others thinking of smuggling drugs into Bali," Riyono told the Denpasar District Court.

Moller's lawyer Gusti Putu Maya Arsanti said his client "admitted his mistake and has shown regret".

Indonesia has stiff penalties for drug trafficking, including life imprisonment and death.

On May 1, German national Rolf Oskar Josef Schweikert, 57, was handed a life sentence for trying to smuggle 3.7 kilogrammes of hashish into the island of Lombok.

And British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death in January after cocaine with a street value of $2.4 million was found in her suitcase as she arrived on Bali.

In March, Indonesian resumed executions after a hiatus of several years when a Malawian drug smuggler was put to death.

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