Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Aust 'drug addict' jailed in Indonesia

An Australian tourist has been sentenced to three months in prison after he was found guilty of drug use by a Bali court.

Avinash Sundhahar, 24, was arrested in a nightclub car park in the popular tourist district of Kuta in February after "receiving" 0.3 grams of methamphetamine, commonly known as speed.

"The defendant has been proven legally and convincingly to have received a forbidden substance for his personal use as an addict and the defendant has been sentenced to three months in jail," the head of the panel of judges, Made Seraman, told Denpasar district court.

The court found that Sundhahar, who said he had been a methamphetamine addict for one year, had been given the drug minutes before his arrest.

Jail terms in Indonesia are often significantly lighter for drug users who can prove they are addicts. Addicts can in theory legally obtain drugs if they register with authorities.

Sundhahar's lawyer, Gede Sudiantara, said his client accepted the court's verdict.

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