Drug-Accused Australian Says Sorry to Denpasar Court
The Bali Times
An Australian standing trial at the Denpasar District Court apologised to the three-judge panel for drug possession as proceedings continued on Wednesday.
Paul McJannett, 48, was arrested last December as he arrived in Bali for a brief holiday with his son.
Police said he was carrying 1.7 grams of marijuana, an offence that could see him serve a 15-year jail term under Indonesia’s harsh anti-narcotics laws.
The former trade union activist had previously denied any guilt, alleging he was set up by foes in Australia, but on Wednesday he offered a full apology to the court.
“I deeply apologise,” he said.
McJannett, who is divorced and works as a crane operator in Australia, has said medical conditions drove him to start using the drug.
He is the latest in a string of Australians arrested in Bali for drug offences. Three Australian drug-trafficking convicts are on death row at Kerobokan Prison, also home to high-profile prisoner Schapelle Corby, who is serving a 20-year term.
The hearing was adjourned until next week.Filed under: Arts & Entertainment