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Bali Where a Nickel Bag will Get you Five Years

German National, Peter Grobmann, Seeks Presidential Clemency for Five Year Prison Terms for Bringing 2.2 grams of Marijuana on Holiday.

(9/24/2011) German national Peter Achim Franz Grobmann (52), serving a five year prison sentence in Bali after being caught with 2.2 grams of marijuana in his suitcase upon arrival at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Ariport on March 10, 2010, is seeking clemency from Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

After his arrest in 2010, the German readily admitted ownership of the envelop of marijuana, telling officers that the drugs were for his own use during a holiday in Bali and Papua Nuigini.

The formal please for leniency from the President was submitted via the Denpasar District Court on Monday, September 19, 2011.

Grobmann was originally convicted of illegal narcotics use and sentenced to 1.5 years in prison. Prosecutors, who had demanded an 8 year sentence for the German, were unhappy with the leniency of the sentence and appealed the decision winning, on a appeal, a tougher sentence of 5 years imprisonment and a fine of Rp. 800 million (US$89,000).

In the past, President Yudhoyono has publicly stated that he is principally opposed to leniency in any form for those charged with narcotic violations.