Frenchman risks hard time on Bali drug charges

19th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

DENPASAR, Indonesia, Aug 19 (AFP) - A 29-year-old French national has been arrested on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on drug charges and faces up to 10 years in jail after allegedly being found carrying less than a gram of hashish, police said Friday.

DENPASAR, Indonesia, Aug 19 (AFP) - A 29-year-old French national has been arrested on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on drug charges and faces up to 10 years in jail after allegedly being found carrying less than a gram of hashish, police said Friday.

According to a police statement obtained by AFP, Brazilian-born Da Silva Brughi was nabbed in the early hours of Wednesday morning after attending a party ahead of Independence Day in Denpasar.

"The seized evidence was hashish in the amount 0.6 grams, which was wrapped in white paper and hidden inside a wallet," the statement said.

It said Brughi, who was travelling on a French passport, faces up to 10 years imprisonment and a fine of 500 million rupiah (US $50.3 million).

Indonesian courts have increasingly handed down stiff punishments for drug-related crimes, including death sentences for serious offenders.

At least 32 people, most of them foreigners, have been sentenced to death for drug offences since 2000, although none of them has yet been put to death.

In May, a court on Bali jailed Australian tourist Schapelle Corby for 20 years for smuggling 4.1 kilograms (nine pounds) of marijuana. The conviction triggered an uproar in Australia, where many believe she is innocent.

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