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Bali Jailer Jailed for Drug Possession

Kerobokan Prison Guard Sentenced to 4 Years for Narcotics and Arms Possession.

(4/26/2008) Tempo Interaktif reports that the former head of prison guards at Baliís Kerobokan prison, Sudrajat, has been sentenced to 4 years prison and fined Rp. 5 million (US$534) for the possession of illegal armaments and narcotics.

In handing down its sentence on Tuesday, March 11, 2008, the Denpasar Court took into favorable consideration the former prison guardís young age and good behavior during the course of the trial. At the same time, the Court said Sudrajatís betrayal of trust as a prison officials weighed heavily against his favor.

Despite Sudrajatís explanation that the fifty 22 caliber bullets found in his possession were remnants from a target practice session, the Courts ruled him guilty of possession illegal armaments. The Court also rejected Sudrajatís mitigating claim of drug addiction and found him guilty of possession 2.03 grams of sabu-sabu (a methamphetamine crystal drug).

Following the verdict of the Court, Sudrajat and his lawyer indicated they were considering the possibility of appealing the verdict.