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Indonesia court sentences American to life for drug smuggling

American Kamran Malik sits in a courtroom beside his legal council in Semarang

An Indonesian court has sentenced an American to life imprisonment on Wednesday for smuggling a large quantity of crystal meth into the country from China, a report said.

The district court in Semarang, the provincial capital of Central Java, found Kamran Malik guilty of smuggling 97 kg of the drug inside generator sets being imported from China.
Malik, who is also known as Phillip Russel, was arrested in January with seven others involved in a smuggling ring that Judge Ali described as “a Pakistani network”.
The judge said Malik dealt with the finances.
According to the report, the same court sentenced to death the Pakistani ringleader, Muhammad Riaz, on Monday.
It said that another Pakistani in the group, Faiq Akhtar, was sentenced to life on Tuesday, while five others, all Indonesians, received lighter sentences. 

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