Prosecutors seek 14 years for Malaysian actor indicted for meth smuggling

Prosecutors at the Medan District Court demanded that Malaysian actor Khaeryll Benjamin bin Ibrahim, better known as Benjy, 38, to be sent to 14 years in prison and fined Rp 800 million (S$80,832) for allegedly smuggling crystal methamphetamine in his rectum.

In the hearing on Wednesday, prosecutor Maria F. Tarigan argued that Khaeryll allegedly violated the 2009 Law on Narcotics.

"We demand that the panel of judges jail the defendant for 14 years," she said in a hearing presided over by Judge Wahyu Prasetyo Wibowo.

After hearing the prosecutor's demands, Khaeryll said he would read his defence statement at his hearing next week.

He was arrested by Customs and Excise officers when he arrived at Kualanamu International Airport in Deli Serdang regency, North Sumatra, on April 18. Officers allegedly found 4.5 grams of crystal methamphetamine, known locally as sabu-sabu, in his rectum.

Khaerryll, the son of legendary Malaysian actress Azean Irdawaty, is also facing drug-related charges in Malaysia, including allegations of sabu-sabu trafficking.