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Aussie wedding organizer might face 12 years for drug possession

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar, Bali   /   Tue, April 9, 2019   /   12:12 pm
Aussie wedding organizer might face 12 years for drug possession Australian Gregor Egli listens to the indictment in his trial at the Denpasar District Court on Monday. (JP/Ni Komang Erviani)

 

An Australian man might face a maximum 12 years’ imprisonment after he was indicted for reportedly being in possession of 0.33 grams of methamphetamine.

Prosecutors accused Gregor Egli, 41, who has been living on the resort island of Bali for the last few years, of violating Article 112 of the Narcotics Law on drug possession, and Article 127 of the law on abusing drugs, which carry a maximum penalty of 12 years in prison.

"The defendant, without the right, was in possession of drugs," prosecutor Assri Susantina said at the Denpasar District Court on Monday afternoon. 

Egli, who hails from Melbourne and works in Bali as a wedding organizer, was arrested on Jan. 28 in his rented house in Denpasar, where the drugs were reportedly found in a cupboard.

"When police interrogated him, the defendant admitted the drugs were his and that he had purchased them for Rp 2.3 million. The defendant said he had been taking the drugs since February 2018," Asri read from the indictment. . 

She said the defendant had inhaled the drugs with a bong and injected the substance after mixing it with sodium chloride.

She added that laboratory results showed traces of the drug in Egli's blood and urine.