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Australian ‘addict’ calls Bali arrest ridiculous

Aussie could face death penalty

An Australian traveller arrested in Bali earlier this month on drugs charges claims he is simply an addict and that his arrest was ridiculous.


Travelling from Bangkok to Bali on 4 December, Isaac Emmanuel Roberts was detained at Denpasar airport after he was caught carrying 19 grams of amphetamine and ecstasy pills in his luggage, AAP reported.


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Roberts, 35, was paraded in prison garb and a balaclava before reporters on Tuesday, but was later taken to hospital for shock.


“He got sick. He was shocked after the press conference today,” his lawyer Deni Sedana told The Daily Telegraph.


“Maybe he never thought that he will be in the press conference.”


According to AAP, the Australian earlier suggested Indonesian authorities had framed him.


“I was invited to this country. I was working with a Customs officer and they knew I was going to bring something,” the accountant and one-time federal election candidate said.


"I'm just a f***ing addict, they want to waste their resources on addicts. They want to punish addicts, this is ridiculous. What about the f***ing importers? I wasn't going to sell it to anyone here, no one was going to use it here."


Customs officers claim the drugs were concealed in a plastic bottle and container in his luggage.


“Based on the results of the inspection, our officers found five packages containing clear crystals weighing 19.97 grams and 14 tablets weighing a total of 6.22 grams,” Bali Airport customs office chief Himawan Indrajono said in a statement.


Roberts, who previously worked in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, could face execution if he is found guilty of drug trafficking.


Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 20 December 2017

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