Australian Jailed for Eight Years for Drugs

Jailed: Edward Myatt in court on Monday.


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.


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5 Responses to “Australian Jailed for Eight Years for Drugs”

  1. Alan Says:

    no empathy or sympathy…lock him up!!

  2. Alan Says:

    No empathy…lock him up .
    He has visited Bali on many ocassions before and KNOWS the laws of the land! Another disgrace to us Australians.

  3. steve Says:

    sorry ass

  4. flaco comir Says:

    Kerobikan is now the knew Australia Embassy as the diplomats in Jakarta have decided it’s cheaper just to move there full time.

  5. Kay Danes Says:

    When a person travels overseas they leave behind their Country’s legal support systems, emergency service capabilities and medical facilities. Whilst your Government is obliged to provide the prisoner support, there may be limitations to what can be done. Read the Consular Services Charter applicable to your country.

    Engage a lawyer who is familiar with both international and local laws.

    Don’t offend the detaining state by saying their laws are ridiculous (even if you think they are). Wait until you have engaged a lawyer before you speak to media. Sound legal and media strategies and diplomacy offer the best outcomes.

    Work with only those who have proven experience in risk mitigation. Either way, if you break the law in any country, you can expect to face a penalty. Just how harsh that penalty is will be determined by how remorseful you are, if you are, and how best represented you are.

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