Wicked 1/8th

0
14

Teen lands in Sydney after two months in Bali detention for drugs charges

  • by: LEO SHANAHAN  The Australian

AN Australian teenager has arrived home in Sydney after a spending two months in an Indonesian prison in drugs charges.

The 14-year-old central coast boy touched down in Sydney from Bali this morning after being released by Indonesian officials last night.

He arrived at 9.53am on a flight from Denpasar airport, but has yet to emerge from airport exits.

The year nine student has been in custody in Bali since October 4 after being arrested by Indonesian drug police carrying 3.6 grams of marijuana.

He was given a two month sentence late last month, and having already served time in custody was released yesterday by Indonesian authorities.

About 20 journalists and six cameras were gathered inside the arrivals hall at the international terminal, although it’s not yet know if he will leave via the main entrance.

Television footage showed the boy at an airport in Indonesia wearing a balaclava designed to disguise his identity.

As the boy landed, NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell said he would seek advice if asked to provide support to a teenager convicted in Bali of drug possession.

”If support is sought, we’ll seek that advice,” Mr O’Farrell told reporters in western Sydney.

”I know government agencies have been working on this matter with the family.”

Mr O’Farrell said the boy’s experience should act as a warning to other travellers.

”When people travel to other countries they need to understand the laws of those countries, particularly when it comes to issues around drugs, and they need to respect those laws,” he said.

The boy, who has closely guarded his identity throughout the ordeal, admitted to carrying 3.6 grams of marijuana when he was arrested on October 4 in the tourist area of Kuta, where he was on holiday with his parents.

A district court on November 25 handed the teenager a two-month jail sentence for marijuana possession, deducting the eight weeks he had already spent in detention.

The boy had been held at an immigration detention centre in Jimbaran, but made a brief stop at Kerobokan prison on Sunday to get his fingerprints taken and paperwork finalised before he was handed to immigration authorities at Denpasar airport for deportation.

As the boy landed, NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell said he would seek advice if asked to provide support to a teenager convicted in Bali of drug possession.

”If support is sought, we’ll seek that advice,” Mr O’Farrell told reporters in western Sydney.

”I know government agencies have been working on this matter with the family.”

Mr O’Farrell said the boy’s experience should act as a warning to other travellers.

”When people travel to other countries they need to understand the laws of those countries, particularly when it comes to issues around drugs, and they need to respect those laws,” he said.

LEAVE A REPLY