Australian Facing Death over Bali Drugs
An Australian arrested trying to smuggle drugs hidden in capsules inside his body into Bali has said he regrets his actions.
Edward Myatt, 54, was arrested on February 27 after arriving at Ngurah Rai International Airport. He was found to have 1.1 kilograms of hashish and 7 grams of crystal-methamphetamine in capsules in his intestines. He is alleged to have brought the drugs in from Thailand.
The prosecutor is currently preparing the case against him. He is likely to face prosecution under articles 111, 112 and 113 of the 2009 Narcotics Law, which carries a maximum penalty of death.
The Bali Police handed over their dossier on the case to the Prosecutor’s Office last Monday, paving the way for a trial to begin next week.
“I feel very sorry. I have done a bad thing, a stupid thing,” Myatt told prosecutor I Gede Putu Atmaja.
Atmaja said that Myatt faced a possible death sentence, or life imprisonment. He added that Myatt had not fully cooperated with police during the investigation.
“We will prove his guilt during the trial. We will present witnesses from various sources. He acknowledged that someone told him to swallow the drugs and to bring them to Bali. But he refused to elaborate on the name of his boss,” he said, adding that it was suspected that Myatt was working for an international drugs syndicate.
Atmaja said that Myatt claimed to have visited Bali many times, but said he had never previously attempted to smuggle drugs into Indonesia.
“He pointed out that it was the first time he had come to Bali carrying drugs,” he said.
I Wayan Kumara, representing Myatt, said that his client was aware of the possible penalties for his crime.
“We know definitely that he could face the death penalty. However, we will try our best to help him get a better verdict,” he said.
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