Australian Jailed for Eight Years for Drugs
An Australian man has been sentenced to eight years in prison, joining a long line of fellow countrypeople serving time in Bali for drugs crimes.
The Denpasar District Court handed down its verdict on Edward Myatt, from Victoria, on Monday and also ordered him to pay a fine of Rp1.5 billion or serve another four months if he is unable to pay it.
Prosecutors had requested a 15-year prison term for the 54-year-old, who was arrested upon arrival at Ngurah Rai International Airport in February, on a flight from India.
Myatt had swallowed 1.1 kilograms of hashish and four grams of methamphetamine, with the drugs protected by plastic casings.
He could have faced the death penalty. In their ruling, the judges said they accepted that Myatt had been addicted to drugs and planned to rehabilitate himself.
Two Australians are on death row at Bali’s Kerobokan Prison, with other Australians serving long stretches, all for drugs offenses.