Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Policemen Sentenced for Gambling

DENPASAR

Two police officers arrested as members of an illegal gambling ring have been given suspended custodial sentences at Denpasar District Court.

I Ketut Gadra Adnyana, 39, and Ida Bagus Putu Suputra, 49, were arrested in September 2010 along with two other men — I Made Sudiarta, 60, and Made Mardiata, 60 — and a woman, 45-year-old Ni Nyoman Leli Setianingsih, during a raid on a house in Denpasar to break up a gambling party.

All five were given a five-month suspended prison sentence last Wednesday on 10 months’ probation under Article 303 of the Criminal Code on gambling.

“The sentence does not need to be put into effect unless the defendants repeat their actions within 10 months,” said judge Jhon Tony Hutauruk.

Hutauruk explained that the five had avoided automatic jail terms because their gambling party had not been run for commercial purposes.

“What mitigated their sentences was that they were gambling purely for entertainment purposes after a ceremony,” he said.

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