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Aussie Bali drug smuggler not going to jail


AN Australian accountant has been sentenced to 15 months of rehabilitation for drug offences on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali.

He will escape having to go to the notorious Kerobokan jail.

The court in Denpasar on Wednesday said Isaac Emmanuel Roberts’ sentence, which includes time already served in prison, will be carried out at the Anargya Foundation, which specialises in drug and alcohol rehabilitation therapy. The 35-year-old was arrested at the island’s Ngurah rai airport on December 4 after arriving from Bangkok with 14.3 grams of crystal methamphetamine and 14 ecstasy tablets.

Indonesia has very strict drug laws and convicted traffickers can be executed by firing squad.

“I’m thankful to the government for giving the opportunity to recover from the illness. I’m depressed,” Roberts told reporters after the sentencing.

“I need rehabilitation, I am very sick.”

Presiding Judge Gusti Ngurah Putra Atmaja said the panel of judges lightened Roberts’ possible senten…

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