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Indonesian Prosecutors Ask for 3 Months for 14-Year Old Australian Boy. Sentencing Scheduled for November 15, 2011

Bali News: Bali, Indonesia, Australian teenager, Mohammad Rifan. Narcotics, marijuana
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The 14-year-old Australian teenager arrested in early October with marijuana as he emerged from a local massage parlor saw prosecutors ask for a 3-month prison sentence on Friday, November 11, 2011.

Charged with the illegal possession of marijuana, prosecutors cited the boy’s young age as motivating their relatively light sentencing demand, but said the boy’s possession of narcotics ruled out a rehabilitative sentence that would have paved the way for an immediate release.

Tempo Interaktif quoted the boy’s lawyer, Mohammad Rifan said he was shocked by the prosecutor’s demands . Said Rifan, “the facts presented in the trial were not considered by the prosecutors. “ Rifan said prosecutors failed to consider that the boy was not dealer of drugs, but was a victim of drug-use, adding, “I ask that the judge be fairer and look at the statements of all the witnesses and the evidence presented in the trial.”

Judges are scheduled to render a final sentence in the case on November 25, 2011, until which time the boy remains in special detention.

The panel of judges has a range of options at the final sentencing. They can find the defendant not guilty, unlikely in the boy’s case given his admission of the crime. The judges can accept the sentence demanded by prosecutors or, at their discretion, impose a sentence that is more lenient or more severe than 3 months in prison asked by prosecutors.

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