Englishman Paul Beales (40) is facing the prospect of 20-years behind bars in Bali if a panel of judges accepts sentencing demands from prosecutors in connection with his role in smuggling 4.7 kilograms of cocaine into Indonesia.
Beritabali.com reports that at a court session held on Monday, September 9, 2012, Beales was formally charged as a drug courier under the 2009 anti-narcotics law.
Prosecutor Wayan Terima Darsana told the presiding judge John Tony Hutaruk that the defendant was involved in a sale of narcotics smuggled into Bali by another U.K. citizen, Lindsay June Sandiford.
Beales was arrested in a drug transaction that took place in Candidasa on May 25, 2012
Sandiford’s trial process is being held separately from Beales’ case in the Denpasar courts.
Police subsequently raided Beales’ accommodation address in North Kuta where they also discovered 3.1 grams of hashish.
His trial continues.
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