A 40-year-old British national, Paul Beales (40), has been sentenced to four years in prison by the Denpasar Courts after being found guilty of possession 3.1 grams of hashish. The man was also fined Rp. 800 million (US$82,500). Failure to pay the fine will add two months to the four-year sentence.
Beales was arrested as part of a sweep by police precipitated by the arrest of fellow Brit, June Sandiford, caught with 4.7 kilograms of cocaine in her luggage on May 19, 2012 off a flight from Bangkok.
Two other people, Julian Anthony Ponder and Rachel Lisa Dougall, also from Great Britain, together with an Indian national, Nandagopal Akkineni, were also arrested sweep.
Nandagopal has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Ponder, Dougall and Sandiford are still under trial with the Denpasar courts.
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