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JAKARTA – A Japanese man who is on trial in Indonesia for drug trafficking and faces the death penalty if convicted said Tuesday he plans to donate his organs to needy Indonesians if he is executed, as his earlier plan to donate them to a Japanese university may no longer materialize.

Masaru Kawada, 73, from Aichi Prefecture, was arrested at Minangkabau International Airport in the West Sumatra provincial capital of Padang on Nov. 22 after customs officials found 2.35 kg of methamphetamine in his luggage.

On Tuesday, Kawada told the court in Pariaman, about 50 km from Padang, that he did not know he was carrying methamphetamine when he was arrested at the airport.

“I was shocked when I arrived in Padang and was arrested,” he said.

The indictment said a man identified as Edward Mark called Kawada at his home in Japan last November and asked him to travel to Macau and that Mark paid for his air tickets and accommodations in Hong Kong and gave him $500 in travel expenses.

Kawada told Kyodo News in an interview last week that a Chinese woman he met in Macau asked him to carry a bag to a friend in Padang. The drugs were later found in that bag.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Kawada said he had checked the bag and did not find anything suspicious.

He said he only realized he was carrying methamphetamine after customs officials in Padang arrested him and confiscated it. He flew to Padang from Macau via Kuala Lumpur.

Kawada’s trial was adjourned until April 28 to hear the sentence the prosecutors are seeking. He faces the death penalty if found guilty.

In a will written in Indonesian and Japanese, Kawada said: “If I’m found guilty by the judicial panel and am sentenced to five years in jail or even more, I will surely be unable to return to Japan and most probably, I’ll die in Indonesia.”

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