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Importing Crime and Criminals to Bali

Narcotic Arrests Predominate Among Crimes Committed by Foreigners in Bali.

(10/23/2010) Jakarta Globe reports that there has been a 39% rise in the arrest of foreigners involved in criminal cases on the island of Bali as compared to 2009. Most of the crimes were drug-related.

In the period January September 2010 a total of 43 foreign nationals were arrested in Bali, as compared to 31 foreigners apprehended in the same period in 2009.

Bali chief of police, General Hadiatmoko, said, "narcotics-related crime dominates and it seems to be a continuing trend."

Recent arrests include a 43-year-old Australian, Michael Sacatides, awaiting trial for smuggling 1.7 kilograms of methamphetamine into Bali on October 1.

If convicted, he will join a large fraternity of foreign prisoners serving lengthy sentences or awaiting execution at Bali's notorious Kerobokan prison.

Other crimes committed by foreigners include the recent arrest of an Italian, Roberto Gamba, alleged to have taken part in a theft ring targeting sacred objects from Hindu temples.