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Australian Boy Sentenced To Jail In Bali On Drug Charges

11/27/2011 05:18 AM ET

Australian Boy Jail Bali Drug Charges - An Australian boy caught with drugs in Bali will be released on December 4 and deported to Australia. He was handed a two-month sentence for his crime and will pay a fine plus attorney costs of $100,000. He will be eligible for release on Sunday next week, because of time already spent in detention.

“He has had daily face-to-face contact with his lawyer. It doesn’t come cheap, not even in Bali,” a legal source said. 

The prosecution asked for three months’ jail, but Judge Amser Simanjuntak said the boy was young, had never been charged before and had shown remorse. The judge said he had to consider the negative impact the boy’s arrest had on relations between Australia and Indonesia.

“Our aim in criminalizing this (case) is not for revenge, but it should serve as a deterrent for others not to follow his actions,” Judge Amser said. “But his action gave a negative image to Bali as a tourist destination.” He sentenced the boy to two months’ jail, backdated to the day of his arrest - meaning he will be free to return home early next month.

The youth, from the NSW Central Coast, sat through the sentencing with a newspaper shielding his face from dozens of cameras. He cried when the sentence was handed down. The boy’s father, wearing a cap and sunglasses, stood behind his son, his hand squeezing the boy’s shoulder for support.

His lawyer Muhammad Rifan said he was relieved the boy would be home in time for Christmas.

The teenager was caught on October 4 buying 3.6g of cannabis from a street seller in the Kuta district.

His trial was complicated when it was revealed his parents engaged an agent to secure a lucrative media deal.

Indonesian authorities deemed it “disrespectful” to profit from a crime.

Source: Australian Boy Jail Bali Drug Charges


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