GEORGE TOWN - Four Indonesian men have been sentenced to death by the High Court here for trafficking in drugs four years ago.
Dwi Suprianto Mei, 47, Fredy Hermawan, 44, Andy Paksi, 42, and Indra Mulyadi, 44, appeared calm when Justice Datuk Zamani Abdul Rahim meted out the punishment.
They were charged with trafficking in 10.7kg of methylenedioxymethamphetine and 17.3kg of ketamine at 9.30pm on Oct 27, 2009, in a bungalow in Jalan Batu Ferringhi.
Zamani said the defence team had failed to raise any reasonable doubt against the prosecution's case.
He also said that their defence lacked credibility, was a mere denial and were after-thought stories.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Suhaimi Ibrahim and Charanjit Singh prosecuted while Ranjit Singh Dhillon represented Dwi Suprianto and Andy Paksi.
Hussaini Abdul Rashid represented Fredy Hermawan and Indra Mulyadi.
Four years ago, on Oct 29, the then Penang police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Ayub Yaakob told reporters that the raid on the bungalow was the state's largest drug bust. The drugs seized were worth more than RM38mil (S$15 million) .
Other items seized included RM209,000 in cash, jewellery worth RM2,000, eight vehicles worth RM1.2mil, two laptops, chemicals and equipment used to make ecstasy pills, including an oven, weighing machine and vacuum packing machine.