Australian Sentenced to 18 Years for Drug Smuggling


An Australian man was sentenced to 18 years in jail on Monday for smuggling drugs into Bali.

Michael Sacatides, 43, was arrested in October as he passed through customs after landing on an AirAsia flight from Bangkok, Thailand, with 1.7 kilogrammes of methamphetamine in his luggage at Bali International Airport.

“The defendant was proven guilty of drug smuggling and sentenced to 18 years,” chief judge Sigit Sutanto told Denpasar District Court.

“He never admitted that the drug belonged to him,” the judge said, referring to the reason why he was given two years higher than the prosecutors’ recommendation of 16 years.

“He committed a crime that could harm our young generation and it’s against the government’s campaign to eliminate drug use,” Sutanto added.

The kick-boxing trainer from Sydney will join almost a dozen compatriots who are behind bars at Kerobokan jail on drug-related convictions.

Three Australians are on death row for a 2005 attempt to smuggle 8.3 kilogrammes of heroin into Australia from Bali.

Six other members of the so-called Bali Nine gang are serving long jail sentences.

Another Australian, Schapelle Corby, is serving a 20-year sentence in Bali for trafficking 4.1 kilogrammes of marijuana into Indonesia in 2005.

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3 Responses to “Australian Sentenced to 18 Years for Drug Smuggling”

  1. Mark Ulyseas Says:

    The judge in this case has done the right thing. However, this drug smuggler represents the disease that infects our society.

    Does long jail time help? No. Does it deter future drug smugglers? No. Maybe its time to find another approach…maybe treat the symptoms of this disease?

    To begin with we must stop calling Bali paradise.

  2. troy Says:

    Bali is paradise to most people that do the right things in life. Yet another stupid tourist caught up in the get rich quick theme of drug running. People like Michael, Schapelle n the brainless Bali 9 should do the time for the crime. Why blame the Balinese for the tourist stupid mistakes. If you spend time with the Balinese then you will know something about the people and the culture and how beautiful the island is. Many people are put off going there due to the negative publicity these people are generating. Take your drugs and negative attitude somewhere else in the world – Lets say Amsterdam where you can do anything you want. Long live Paradise Bali is number 1 and drugs are for death. Maybe taking a few lives will stop the stupid drug trade or atleast take to someother place in the world.

  3. Mark Ulyseas Says:

    Bali is not paradise. It is the home of the Balinese and their temples. In fact it is the ONLY home they can call their own. After this, there is nothing.

    It is outsiders who have come to the island in droves searching for the El Dorado in the East, landed on Bali and then termed it paradise. The locals picked up on this and for decades peddled the dream, a dream that exists in the realms of fantasy. And for this the Balinese have unfortunately paid a heavy price.

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