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Trial begins for alleged drug smuggling Swedish-Thai couple

Trial begins for alleged drug smuggling Swedish-Thai couple

The trial against Orjan Robert Elevsson from Sweden and his Thai girlfriend Narawadee Phothijam, who are accused of smuggling six kilograms of methamphetamine in to Indonesia started last Thursday and continue today in the South Jakarta Court.

Thursday 9 February 2012, 03:18PM

The 38-year-old Swede and 22-year-old Thai were arrested in August at Soekarno-Hatto International Airport where they tried to smuggle in the drugs, having a value of estimated US$1.14 million, in two custom-built suitcases, reported.

According to local media, reporting from the courtroom, Orjan Robert Elevsson behaved eccentric during the day in court on Thursday. Apparently Elevsson was hiding his face behind his shirt and the back of his fellow accused, Narawadee Phothijam.

At the same time Orjan Robert Elevsson supposedly continued to disturb the court proceedings. The judge, Ari Jiwantoro, asked Elevsson to show his face, and at the end the first day in court, the judge was visibly offended by the Swedes behavior, stating he would be more firm in the continuances of the trial.

Both the accused face the death penalty in case of conviction.


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