Friday, November 11, 2011

Update: Australian, 14, Faces 90 Days in Jail for Drug Possession

Indonesian prosecutors earlier today (November 11) recommended a three-month jail sentence for an Australian teenage boy, 14, charged with drug possession on the resort island of Bali.

The youngster had been facing a maximum prison sentence of six years' imprisonment after being caught last month with nearly seven grams of marijuana while on holiday with his parents. Under articles 127 and 128 of Indonesia's narcotics law, if the boy, as a minor, has a documented history of drug use, he could escape a maximum prison term and undergo rehabilitation instead.

COMMENT: The defense has provided the court with a letter from an Australian doctor describing the boy as a drug user, and a local psychologist who has examined the boy since he was arrested more than a month ago supported the argument. The boy has been detained since October 4, when police arrested him in the tourist district of Kuta. The judge's verdict is scheduled for November 25.

As I had commented last month when the boy's arrest was reported, the real offenders in this case were the boy's parents, who failed to exercise proper oversight of their drug-addicted son in Bali, which has some of the toughest drug laws in Asia.

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