Australian jailed in Bali for smuggling drugs in stomach

July 23rd, 2012 - 7:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Melbourne, July 23 (IANS) A 54-year-old Australian national caught trying to smuggle hashish and methamphetamines, hidden in his stomach, into Indonesia’s Bali island has been sentenced to eight years in jail.

Edward Myatt, from Ballarat in Victoria, was stopped when he arrived at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport in February on a flight from India, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported Monday.

The man had swallowed more than 70 plastic casings containing 1.1 kg of hashish and four grams of methamphetamine, also known as ice.

He had been facing the possibility of a death sentence under Indonesia’s harsh narcotics laws.

The prosecutor had requested a sentence of 15 years. But a panel of judges in the Denpasar district court Monday sentenced Myatt to eight years.

He was also fined 1.5 billion rupiah (around $160,000). If he fails to pay, Myatt will be required to serve an additional four months in jail.

Sydney citizen Michael Sacatides was earlier this year given 18 years in jail for attempting to smuggle 1.7 kg of methamphetamine into Bali from Thailand.

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