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Australian Hairdresser Gets 8 Years Prison for Smuggling Drugs into Bali


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(7/27/2012)

A 54-year-old Australian former hairdresser, Norman Myatt, was sentenced to 8-years in prison on Monday, July 27, 2012 after being found guilty of smuggling 1.1 kilograms of methamphetamines and hashish into Bali.

The sentence handed down by the panel of judges was considerably less than the 15 years sought by prosecutors.

As quoted in Beritabali.com, the chief presiding judge Gunawan Tri Budiono said, “The crime of the defendant was in opposition with the government program to abolish narcotics.”

In their written decision the judges found Myatt guilty of importing a Class I drug in violation of the national anti-narcotics laws.

Upon hearing the sentence, the Australian declared he would not appeal the decision of the court.

Meanwhile, the prosecutor, Atmaja, expressed his unhappiness at the light sentence, leaving open the possibility that his office might seek a heavier sentence

Myatt arrived on Thai Airways on February 27, 2012 where custom officials found 72 capsules of narcotics weighing 1.11 kilograms concealed in his gut.
 


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