Drug-Accused Australian Says Sorry to Denpasar Court

DENPASAR
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.

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15 Responses to “Drug-Accused Australian Says Sorry to Denpasar Court”

  1. Drug-Accused Australian Says Sorry to Denpasar Court | The Bali … « Indonesia Says:

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  2. Kay Danes Says:

    Unfortunately some in Australia think that when their loved one is arrested overseas, that their Government will rush to their defence, tell the detaining government what to do and free the prisoner immediately. Some even quote various violations of International Law, Human Rights mandates and local laws. Others quote corruption and insist that foreign aid, given in times of emergency ie: Tsunami, should be used as a bargaining chip to free the prisoner in question, or to cut all diplomatic ties as a means of demanding their release.

    Reality check: foreign internment is a complex area. Where to begin if your loved one is arrested overseas:-

    First get a competent lawyer who won’t offend the detaining party by saying their laws are ridiculous (even if you think they are); make sure they are familiar with international law, sovereignty, foreign judicial process, AND mindful of cultural sensitivities (what is and isn’t offensive in that culture);

    Establish a good rapport with the consular officers in the field, and with your point of contact through your relevant foreign affairs department;

    Work with credible people who have proven experience to develop a sound strategic plan away from the media, utilising the support and advice of known professionals who have extensive knowledge and key contacts in foreign relations,

    Work with them to engage the foreign government with dignity and respect, after all, they are best able to make approaches without the emotional attachments that can derail negotiations early on;

    Ever heard the saying “You attract more bees with honey than you do with vinegar”.

    Understand that these processes are complex and not easily resolved. Understand the reality of what your government can and cannot do for you.

    Indonesia has a difficult responsibility to stem the flow of drugs to other countries, being that many try to transit Indonesia with drugs.

    Australians should be aware, now more than ever, with these cases as an example, that if you travel overseas and are arrested with drugs then the penalties may be much harsher then Australia, and that the judicial process may indeed be nothing like you would expect in Australia where many drug offenders are given a slap on the wrist for a first time offense. Even for those who may have had something planted in their bag, just saying ‘it’s not mine’ or ‘someone must have put it there’ won’t do much for you by way of a defense.

    Travel Smart / Travel safe. Here’s a good link to stay informed:

    http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/faq.html

    ** Note that this is just my personal endorsement of the travel advice which is something every Australian should read before travelling overseas.

  3. donindevrock Says:

    I totally agree with Kay Danes when she says it’s no defence for a defendant to claim that the drugs were “planted by someone else” or “they’re not mine”…and that’s fair enough, but it’s an entirely different situation when the defendant actually begs and requests for the incriminating evidence to be tested, examined, measured and investigated to prove their claims, then only to encounter refusals by the arresting and prosecuting authorities to conduct them, and so therefore denying the defendant the right to defend his or her self against the charges laid against them! This is what happened in the Schapelle Corby case. She was denied the justice she was lawfully entitled to.

  4. Melanie Says:

    Maybe Corby respect the law instead she trying to be a famous movie star. Bali police already give her lawyer sample of drug to test. You check the fact with her lawyer Miss Lily. The truth is the truth. She got the lawyer to help her find the justice so no good to say she denied it.

  5. donindevrock Says:

    Sorry Melanie, but if the police gave Lily a sample of the drugs, then what did she do with it… Smoke it?? Schapelle requested testing on the 3 December 2004 but the Bali police refused to allow it!! Fact!!

  6. Melanie Says:

    Mister, you check fact or not? Bali police give Corby more time from five days after that time to get the evidence. Also that time give to Corby lawyer the sample of the drug. You think you know Corby. You only know that thing you hear from the third person I think.

  7. Kay Danes Says:

    With all due respect to you both, the story above is actually about another Australian who is facing a serious situation in Bali. Could you give it a rest and maybe consider the plight of other Australians who aren’t getting the same level of attention?

  8. donindevrock Says:

    Melanie, I have a copy of the document from the Bali Consulate [Consul General, Brent Hall] that clearly states that Schapelle requested testing and on 3 December 2004 and on 7 January 2005 the head of Bali police [Kapolda] said that testing was refused!! This document was signed and witnessed by Brian Diamond, Vice Consul.
    Any idea why the police wouldn’t allow the testing….if they thought she was guilty??!!

  9. The Bloke Says:

    meanwhile…………here’s this 48y/o bloke with a joint in his pocket..
    I’m sure he wouldn’t be set up..as a joke..by friends..
    Friends just don’t do that..knowing what will happen when he lands..maybe an enemy might?
    and that can take a lot of proving..unless the ‘whoever’ puts their hand up.

    And one would not risk it all taking that small amount to bali, even as personal…plus having having the knowledge of the schapelle saga and the strict laws over there, that the whole world must know about by now..

    So we are back to the point of being in possession of?: means guilty.

    Even if someone put it in your pocket at anytime..you are the guilty one…
    black and white,
    no shades of grey here mister..

  10. Kay Danes Says:

    Thought this was an interesting and informative article to post.

    Extract…. Prince warned other young Australians not to be drawn into the “fantasy world” of the traveller.

    “Just because you are overseas doesn’t mean that the laws don’t apply,” he said. “Don’t let the excitement of travel overcome responsibility to obey the law.”

    Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade statistics show the number of Australians in foreign jails has jumped from 166 in 2004-05 to 223 last year.

    http://www.news.com.au/travel/news/over-220-aussies-jailed-in-foreign-prisons/story-e6frfq80-1225854295412

  11. Grosero Says:

    Hell in the DR it;s twenty years plan and simple…

    El Sal _ CR _ Nico_ Pam ….It a long prison sentence

    any one every thought about legalization????

  12. Kay Danes Says:

    In response to the question posted by Grosero regarding legalisation: In some countries Cannabis is prescribed for medicinal use, particularly for sufferers of AIDS Wasting Syndrome, Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, Nausea associated with cancer Chemotherapy and Anti-Tumor Effects as an example.

    The notable point here is that these sufferers are LEGALLY prescribed by medical practitioners and understand the restrictions that are still placed upon them to abide by local and international laws (those able to travel).

  13. Amused Says:

    Hi Kay, I assume you are the other half of Kerry? I am an old freind and colleague. Totally agree with your summation. With all the media regarding drug laws in Indonesia, ANYONE from Australia that travels here with ANY drug deserves every single thing they get. Ignorance is most definately not an excuse.

  14. Kay Danes Says:

    Hi Amused… yep one in the same!

    ———————————-

    Ignorance is certainly no excuse. Unfortunately some people think they can apply the same rule of law used here in Australia as they can in Indonesia where a first time offender in Oz merely gets a slap on the wrist. Hoping some future drug mules read all this stuff that I post everywhere and get the message that stupid is as stupid does… and those selling you some line about how clever they are … are not clever at all. Chances of you getting caught if you traffic drugs overseas are very very high. Forget what you see on the movies … a bullet in the chest is a horrific way to die… you don’t drift off pleasantly like the cowboys do in westerns.

    Think twice and then some…. check out the prisoner stories on our website and see how lives are destroyed. Young boys serving life sentences for stupid mistakes! Don’t you be the fool who takes all the risk for someone who won’t!

    http://www.foreignprisoners.com

  15. andy Says:

    After watching this debarkle since it all started in late DEC 09 i have noticed how many lies Mcjannett has been telling (didn’t your mum tell you that if you lie your nose will grow) mmmmm it seems mcjannett is lying a bit, he was saying that he had a divorce (not true) hasn’t been married for the last 14 years he is also saying that he smoked the highly illegal narcotic for his marriage brake up what MARRIGE break up he hasn’t been with the children’s mother for over 4 years. which they never married but he has been smoking for 30 years i don’t get it …
    he also said that why would he take drugs to Bali because he new the harsh laws over there but now he is saying he doesnt no the law over there didn’t mcjannett work in indonesia for some time?,, he also said that it wasn’t his drugs and that he had been set up hmmm now he is saying it is his drugs what is the truth MCJANNETT . if he gets off with the 7 months that the prosecutors want he has just made the new drug laws in Bali look like a joke i wonder if he can pull the wool over the judges eyes lets hope not for the sake of the Bali law

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