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Indonesia Court Sentences Australian Teenager for Drugs Offense

November 27, 2011

Nov. 25 (Bloomberg) -- An Australian teenager charged with a drugs offense in Indonesia received a two-month custodial sentence today at a court in Bali, according to Sky News, which broadcast the verdict live.

The 14-year-old boy, who was arrested early last month in Bali’s Kuta district for possessing marijuana, may be released in about a week as the sentence takes account of time already served in custody, according to Sky, which translated the court proceedings into English. He also received a fine.

The judge told the court the case had the potential to cause a negative impact to the tourist industry on the Indonesian island, which is a popular destination for Australians. He also said the teenager had shown a good attitude during the trial and had apologised for the offense.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Edward Johnson at ejohnson28@bloomberg.net


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