A Frenchman who was convicted of drug smuggling in Indonesia has been sentenced to death. He could have to face a firing squad if the penalty is upheld by higher courts.

Felix Dorfin, 35, was found guilty of possessing about 3 kilograms of methamphetamines and 22 tabs of ecstasy at Lombok airport in September 2018. The drugs were worth at least US$220,600, The Independent reported.

A panel of three judges handed down the death sentence at Mataram District Court on Lombok Island on Monday, despite prosecutors only seeking a 20-year prison sentence.

Presiding Judge Isnurul Syamul Arif said the case showed that Dorfin was legally and convincingly guilty of bringing narcotic drugs into the country.

He said Dorfin was involved with an international drug syndicate and the amount of drugs he was caught with were aggravating factors.

“The defendant’s actions could potentially do damage to the younger generation,” the judge was quoted as saying.

So, there was no reason to give him a lighter sentence.

The Frenchman declined to speak to the press on his way back to prison. His lawyer said they would appeal against the sentence.

Dorfin, who hails from Bethune in France, had said he was unaware of drugs found in his luggage and claimed that someone had instructed him to carry the bag.

The man had managed to escape from a detention center in January with the help of a police officer who was bribed. But 10 days after, he was caught near a forested mountain on Lombok.

Indonesia has some of the world’s toughest drug laws and has executed foreigners in the past. More than 150 people are on death row, mostly for drugs. About a third of them are foreign citizens.

The country’s last execution took place in 2016.