In Absentia, Batam Court Sentences Captain of MT Arman 114 to Seven Years in Prison, a Rp 5 Billion Fine, and Orders Ship Confiscated by the State

In Absentia, Batam Court Sentences Captain of MT Arman 114 to Seven Years in Prison, a Rp 5 Billion Fine, and Orders Ship Confiscated by the State

Trial with the agenda for the verdict of the captain of the MT Arman 114 ship at the Batam District Court, Wednesday 10 July 2024. (Photo: Batamnews)

Batam, Batamnews - In a remarkable judgment session, the Batam District Court sentenced Mahmoud Abdelaziz Mohamed Hatiba, the captain of the tanker MT Arman 114, to seven years in prison and imposed a Rp 5 billion fine. Additionally, the ship and its contents were confiscated for the state.

The court session was held on July 10, 2024, without the presence of the accused, who vanished on June 27 just before the verdict was to be delivered. It is suspected that Mahmoud fled the country via maritime routes.

The session was presided over by Chief Judge Sapri Tarigan, accompanied by fellow judges Setyaningsing and Dauglas. Present in the courtroom were the Public Prosecutor from the Batam District Attorney’s office, M Ikhsan, and the defendant’s legal counsel, Daniel Samosir.

The judges, after reading the verdict alternately, ultimately decided on the sentence in the absence of the accused. They found Mahmoud guilty of committing environmental crimes as outlined in Article 98, Paragraph (1) of Law No. 32 of 2009 on Environmental Protection and Management, amended by Law No. 06 of 2023, which officially adopted the Job Creation Law as an amendment to previous legislation.

"The court has decided to sentence the accused to 7 years in prison and a fine of Rp 5 billion or an additional six months of imprisonment if the fine is not paid. The evidence, including the ship and its cargo, is to be confiscated by the state," declared Chief Judge Sapri Tarigan.

Previously, prosecutors Karya So Immanuel and Martin Luther had sought the maximum sentence of seven years imprisonment and a Rp 5 billion fine, along with the confiscation of the ship MT Arman 114 and its contents.

Also present at the trial were a diplomat from the Iranian Embassy, Amir, and Victor Sailing SH, legal representative of Ocean Mark Shipping, who claims to be the owner of the ship. "No comment," Amir said when asked about his thoughts on the verdict.

Meanwhile, the defendant’s lawyer, Daniel Samosir, stated that he is still reviewing the judge’s decision to determine whether to appeal. "We are still studying it; not sure whether to appeal or not," Daniel mentioned, noting that he has been given seven days to decide.


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