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Friday, November 4, 2011

BALI BOY BEGS JUDGE TO SET HIM FREE - 4th Nov 2011

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The court case of a 14-year-old Australian accused of buying marijuana in Indonesia has been adjourned until next Friday when a verdict is expected.

The boy's lawyer, Mohammed Rifan, says the teenager broke down as he begged the judge at Denpasar district court to set him free.

At an emotional hearing, the boy apologised for all the trouble he has caused.

"The boy was begging to the judge - can he be home soon, back to the friends, back to the school and the parents too - they came to the judge if possible not to punish the son," Mr Rifan said.

The 14-year-old was arrested early last month for allegedly buying marijuana on Bali's Kuta beach.

He could potentially face up to six years in jail unless his defence team can prove that he had a problem with the drug and is getting help.

Chief prosecutor Gusti Gede Putu Atmaja says the boy's father told the closed court session that he and his wife brought their son to Bali to get him away from marijuana.

Mr Atmaja says the father said his son had been using the drug for about 18 months and vowed to take him into rehabilitation if he is free to return to Australia.

"He came to Bali with his friend - a good boy - to protect him, to not use that drug anymore," Mr Atmaja said.

"From now on, he's going to stop... and the father's going to take him to the rehabilitation in Australia." Read More