Malaysian Court maintains 16 years jail on Indonesians for gang robbery

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama) – Ten Indonesians who pleaded guilty to committing gang robbery in an oil tanker in the waters off Terengganu three years ago, had their 16 years jail term and five strokes of cane maintained by the Court of Appeal.

The three-member bench led by Justice Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer, in a unanimous decision, dismissed the appeals brought by nine men who sought to lower their jail sentences. He said the appeals filed by the nine men did not have merit.

The nine were Anne Raja, Arsito Mohd Hardi, Kreston Muhaling, La Abu, Bram Ali, Lurther Marnis Zachawerus, Badiun, Meidy Hermanus Wajongkare and Rollan Kapahese.

In the case of another man, Oktemi Supri, the court had allowed the prosecution’s appeal to reinstate the Terengganu Sessions Court’s decision in sentencing him to 16 years jail term and five strokes of cane.

The prosecution appealed against the High Court’s decision which lowered Oktemi’s jail term to 12 years jail and five strokes of cane.

The other two judges presiding on the bench were Datuk Hadhariah Syed Ismail and Datuk Abu Bakar Jais.

The 10 men aged between 34 and 62 had pleaded guilty at the Sessions Court to a charge with three others still at large, committed gang robbery on MT MGT-1 belonging to Thai-based Marine Global Transport causing losses and fear to 14 crew onboard.