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A Free Man by the End of May

Australian Trade Unionist Paul McJannet Gets Five Month Sentence from Bali Court for Smuggling Marijuana.

(5/8/2010) Australian trade unionist Paul McJannet had had his day in court on the island of Bali.

The 48-year-old crane operator and union activist from Perth, Western Australia received a sentence of only five months, much less than the fifteen year maximum punishment he could have received for trying to smuggle 1.7 grams of marijuana into Bali or the seven month sentence sought by prosecutors.

Arrested at Bali's airport on December 28, 2010, McJannet tried a number of ruses to escape punishment including pleading no knowledge of the illegal substance hidden in his luggage, pleading ignorance of the illegality of marijuana under Indonesian law and blaming union rivals for setting him up. His final ploy of pleading ill health and a psychological addiction to marijuana manage to hold sway with the Bali courts who render a sentence that will see McJannet set free on May 28, 2010.

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