- Title: Indonesia jails man who grew marijuana to treat cancer-stricken wife
- Date: 2nd August 2017
- Summary: SANGGAU, WEST KALIMANTAN PROVINCE, INDONESIA (AUGUST 2, 2017) (REUTERS) FIDELIS ARIE SUDEWARTO ESCORTED INTO COURTROOM BY OFFICERS SUDEWARTO MEETING SISTER IN COURT / SISTER SITTING DOWN PROSECUTORS IN COURT RELATIVES SITTING SUDEWARTO SITTING FACING JUDGES PEOPLE WATCHING VARIOUS OF SUDEWARTO SITTING FACING JUDGES LAWYER SITTING SUDEWARTO STANDING IN FRONT OF JUDGES FOR VERDICT (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) SANGGAU DISTRICT COURT JUDGE, IRFIR ROCHMAN, SAYING: "We hereby sentence the defendant to a prison sentence of eight months and a fine with the amount of 1 billion rupiah which, if not paid will be replaced with a one month subsidiary sentence." SUDEWARTO GREETING PROSECTUORS AND RELATIVES BEFORE LEAVING COURTROOM (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) FIDELIS ARIE SUDEWARTO SAYING: "I am definitely disappointed, though any decision won't bring my wife back." SIGN READING (Bahasa Indonesia): "HATI KUDUS YESUS CATHOLIC CEMETERY" GRAVE AND HEADSTONE HEADSTONE READING (Bahasa Indonesia): "SUDEWARTO'S WIFE, YENI RIA WATI" SUDEWARTO'S HOUSE SUDEWARTO'S RELATIVES ON PORCH SUDEWARTO'S RELATIVE LIGHTING CANDLE
- Embargoed: 16th August 2017 14:06
- Keywords: Indonesia man jailed growing marijuana grew medicinal marijuana treating cancer cancer-stricken wife
- Location: SANGGAU, WEST KALIMANTAN PROVINCE, INDONESIA
- City: SANGGAU, WEST KALIMANTAN PROVINCE, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Crime
- Reuters ID: LVA0016SGR685
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: An Indonesian court on Borneo island on Wednesday (August 2) jailed a man for eight months after he grew medicinal marijuana to help ease the pain of his cancer-stricken wife, who died shortly after his arrest, his lawyer said.
The Sanggau district court in West Kalimantan province also fined Fidelis Arie Sudewarto 1 billion rupiah ($75,000), his lawyer Marcelina Lin said. The term was longer than the five months that the prosecution had sought.
According to his lawyer, the court had found that Arie did not have a permit to use marijuana and had supplied it to another person, although he said the judge accepted that he was not a user or a dealer.
Indonesia has some of the strictest drug laws in the world and President Joko Widodo recently told law enforcement officers to shoot drug traffickers to deal with a 'drugs emergency'.
But Sudewarto's case has stirred the sympathy and outrage of rights activists.
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