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Dane could face death penalty in Indonesia

A 56-year-old Danish man was detained with 1.48 kilograms of crystal meth. Under Indonesia's drug laws, which are among the strictest in the world, that could be enough to warrant the death penalty.

Dane could face death penalty in Indonesia
The Danish foreign ministry has confirmed that the man detained in Indonesia is a Danish citizen. Photo: Adam Jones/WikiCommons
The foreign ministry has confirmed that a Danish citizen has been detained in Indonesia on drug charges. 
 
The 56-year-old Danish man was detained on June 8 while carrying 1.48 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, worth an estimated 1.9 billion Indonesian rupiah (872,00 kroner, $159,000). 
 
AFP reported that under Indonesia’s anti-narcotics laws, trafficking more than five grams of drugs can be punishable by death. 
 
Although the arrest was first reported on June 13, it was not confirmed by Danish authorities until yesterday. 
 
“It is correct that a Danish citizen has been jailed in Jakarta,” the foreign ministry wrote to Ekstra Bladet. “The embassy is providing consular assistance and has visited the prisoner, who has been assigned a lawyer.”
 
According to AFP,  foreigners are regularly caught trying to smuggle drugs into Indonesia, many on the hard-partying resort island of Bali. Several foreigners are currently on death row in the country.
 
The foreign ministry has not commented further on the arrested Danish man. 

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Police in Denmark fine 123 for buying drugs on social media

Police in North Jutland are to issue fines against 123 people for 158 instances of purchasing cannabis or cocaine on a social media website.

Police in Denmark fine 123 for buying drugs on social media
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The 123 people are accused of buying narcotics, police inspector Casper Jacobsen confirmed.

The majority of the individuals are from the Aalborg area, Jacobsen also said.

“Hash and cocaine are the two main substances purchased on the (social media) page. There are more infringements than people arrested because, for example, one person bought narcotics six times,” he said.

Three men from North Jutland, aged 20 and 21, were arrested in March this year for running the social media page, which displayed a telephone number via which drugs could be ordered.

Using the information, buyers and sellers were able to arrange times and places for delivery of and payment for the substances.

“The three men we arrested in March, and who we believe to have run the webpage, posted a telephone number and offered hash and cocaine for certain prices. A driver then went out and delivered it,” Jacobsen said.

“The three men were released but remain accused in the case. The case has been referred to the prosecution authority, which will assess whether formal charges will be made against the three persons who are accused of selling drugs and running this webpage,” he continued.

The group of 123 ranges in age from 18 to 51 years and includes both men and women and will receive fines of between 2,000 and 12,000 kroner, depending on the quantity and number of purchases.

Police declined to confirm which social media site had been used, but said it was a freely available social media.

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