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NRI Gurdip Singh sentenced to death in Indonesia


An Indonesian court has sentenced two foreigners, a Brazilian and an Indian, to death for drug trafficking, a newspaper said on Tuesday.

The two foreigners were sentenced by the same panel of judges in two separate trials at the state district court in Tanggerang, Banten province, on Monday, the Kompas newspaper said.

Rodrigo Gularte, 32, from Sao Paulo in Brazil, was found guilty trying to smuggle six kilograms of cocaine in July 2004, presiding judge Suprapto said.

Gurdip Singh, 38, an Indian national also known as Dishal, was found guilty of trying to act as a courrier in smuggling 300 grams of heroin into the country in August 2004, the judge said.

Gularte demanded time to decide whether to appeal while Singh immediately said he would appeal. The prosecutors had recommended the death sentence for Gularte and a 20-year jail sentence for Singh.


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