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Court appearance for alleged drug ringleader DENPASAR - In Indonesia, the alleged ringleader of the so called Bali nine heroin smuggling ring has appeared in court for the first time. The eight men and one woman were arrested in Bali in April, accused of attempting to smuggle more than eight kilograms of heroin to Australia. The prosecution indictment casts 21 year old Australian Andrew Chan as the leader of the group.

The indictment describes Chan's role in reserving hotels, conducting meetings and collecting the heroin shipment from a Thai sex worker and suspected courier, working for an international drug syndicate. Another Australian, Scott Rush also made his first court appearance, Thursday. The 19 year old and three others were arrested at Denpasar airport with heroin taped to their bodies.

Both men are charged with possessing and trafficking heroin and face the death penalty if convicted. Rush's lawyer wants prosecutors to drop the trafficking charge, arguing that his client had not left Indonesia when he was picked up. Both cases have been adjourned until next Thursday.

Australian model to be charged

Drugs charges are being laid against an Australian model arrested in Bali. Michelle Leslie is facing charges for possession and use of illegal drugs. Under Indonesian law the crime carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.Leslie was arrested in August at a dance party in a Bali cultural park. Police say she was carrying two pills of ecstasy.

The model has been formally transferred from police to prosecution custody and she has been taken to the islands main jail. Her lawyer says Leslie's trial could begin in four weeks.

Corby to appeal

Convicted Australian drug smuggler, Schapelle Corby, is to launch a second appeal against her jail sentence in Bali. The 28 year old was sentenced in May to 20 years jail after being found guilty of smuggling more than four kilograms of marijuana into Bali last October.

Her sentence was reduced by five years this week on appeal to the Bali HIgh Court, which said cannabis wasn't the most dangerous narcotic and Corby had not benefitted from the crime. While Corby's legal team is already working on an appeal to try to have her freed from jail, the prosecution maintains a life penalty is still the most appropriate sentence and they are considering an appeal.


Related blog entries (category 'Drugs') Related blog entries (category 'Drugs'):
11 October 2005 · Nine Austrailans go on trial in Indonesia over drug charges
09 May 2005 · Teen faces court in connection with Bali nine
29 April 2005 · Bali Nine linked to major drug syndicate


Posted in Drugs @ 15 October 2005 10:24 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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