Singaporean charged with smuggling 6.6kg of crystal meth in Indonesia
Ex-relief worker found with 6.6kg of crystal meth in Surabaya
A Singaporean former relief worker, Abdul Wahab Mohamed Tahir, 64, has been charged with drug smuggling in a Surabaya court and could face the death penalty if convicted.
Abdul Wahab was a senior manager for international programmes with humanitarian charity Mercy Relief at the time of his arrest at Surabaya's Juanda airport in late April with 6.6kg of shabu, or crystal meth, in his luggage.
A former assistant superintendent of prisons in Singapore, he joined Mercy Relief in June 2010 and resigned on May 1, when the organisation was notified of his detention.
Police said Abdul Wahab had landed on a SilkAir flight from Singapore, where he transited on a flight from New Delhi.
The lawyer said he did not know the bag contained drugs, adding that a friend had asked him to carry them and told him they contained women's underclothes.