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13 Bali Inmates’ Prison Terms Extended for Murder of Detainee

Denpasar. The Denpasar District Court on Wednesday handed down extended prison terms ranging from eight months to four years to 13 inmates who killed a fellow detainee inside a Bali prison.

The defendants were found guilty of murdering Edy Suwito, 28, a suspected cellphone thief who was put in Denpasar’s Kerobokan Prison because the Kuta Police detention center, where he was supposed to be detained, was already at full capacity. The murder took place in January.

“The defendants have been despicable and inhumane,” chief judge Amser Simanjuntak said as he read out the verdict.

The sentences were lighter than those sought by prosecutors, who demanded from six months to six years.

Ahmad Yusuf and Suliyanto received the harshest sentence extensions, four years each, as they were found to have orchestrated Edy’s killing.

The murder was reportedly an act of revenge. Edy and Ahmad had reportedly had a falling out related to a scam before both were imprisoned in Kerobokan

Six people who committed the murder got an additional one-and-a-half to two years in jail, while five other inmates who assisted with the killing got an extra eight to 10 months in jail.

A 14th defendant, Wayan Budi, received no additional sentence because he is already serving a life sentence for murdering a university student.

The judges said the inmates had violated Article 170 of the Criminal Code, which pertains to group attacks that lead to deaths.

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