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Benjy sentenced to 11 years jail in Indonesia for drug smuggling

MEDAN: Actor Khaeryll Benjamin Ibrahim was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Wednesday for trying to smuggle crystal methamphetamine hidden in his rectum into the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
Khaeryll - better known as Benjy - was arrested with 4.5 grams of the narcotics in April at Kualanamu International Airport.
In addition to the jail time, the 38-year-old was ordered to pay a fine of $74,000 by the Medan District Court.
However, the prison term was lower than the 14 years recommended by prosecutors and he escaped a possible death penalty.
Benjy is the son of the late actress Azean Irdawaty.
Indonesia has some of the world’s toughest anti-narcotics laws and people caught smuggling more than five grams of some controlled substances can be sentenced to death.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo launched a tough campaign against narcotics use in 2014, which culminated in the execution by firing squad last year of seven foreign drug convicts, including two Australians.
But the move drew worldwide condemnation, and the government has since shown little sign of preparing for more executions, saying it is focused on fixing the economy.
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