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A Year Up in Smoke

Prosecutors Want One Year Prison for Japanese Youth Arrested with 2.62 grams of Marijuana

(10/12/2012) A 17-year-old Japanese youth has heard Bali prosecutors ask for one year’s imprisonment after being caught in possession of 2.61 grams of marijuana on August 8, 2012.

Yoshioka Ryusei heard the public prosecutor, Wayan Widana, ask for the year’s sentence in a closed courtroom on Monday, October 8, 2012.

According to detik.com, the prosecutor is seeking the sentence, less time served, for the Japanese teenagers violation of the 2009 anti-narcotics law.

Prosecutors say they are seeking a sentence less than the maximum allowed under the law due to the boy’s age, polite demeanor and promises not to repeat his crime in the future.

The lawyer for the youth, Ahmad Hadiana, objects to the call for a one year sentence pointing out that prosecutors have chosen to ignore recommendations from the prison board (Bapas) that the defendant be returned to his parents for counseling and guidance.

Ryusei was apprehended while standing in front of a gas station on Jalan Teuku Umar in downtown Denpasar on August 8, 2012 when police found a small bag of marijuana seeds and leaves in the boy’s pocket.

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