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14 year old boy from NSW arrested in Bali

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He is the youngest Australian to be arrested in Indonesia under the country’s harsh anti-drugs laws.

Police sources have told News Ltd the teen was arrested allegedly in possession of a small amount of marijuana.

He is understood to have been on holiday in Bali and is now being held in the jail cells at Denpasar’s police headquarters.

DFAT confirmed the arrest and said consular officials had been in contact with the boy and his family.

''An Australian teenager from NSW was detained in Bali, Indonesia on Tuesday 4 October 2011 after he was found with a small quantity of drugs,'' the spokesperson said.

Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has told the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to the make the matter a top priority.


''(Mr) Rudd has directed that the Australian Ambassador in Jakarta and the Consul General in Bali make this their top priority and undertake all efforts to resolve the matter quickly and seek the early release of the boy,'' a spokesperson said.

It is understood that the schoolboy was allegedly in possession of 6.9 grams gross of marijuana or 3.6 grams net.

It is not yet confirmed what charges he will face, but it is likely to be drug possession charges which, under Indonesia’s harsh narcotics laws, carries a 12-year maximum.

While scores of Australians have been arrested in Bali in possession of drugs in small and large amounts, the NSW schoolboy is the youngest to have ever faced Indonesian justice.

Under Indonesian law, unlike Australia, there are no children’s court systems. Juveniles are dealt with in the mainstream court system, which has dealt with all Australians currently behind bars here and are often housed in adult jails.

There are very few children’s jails and there is no children’s jail in Bali. Young offenders are normally kept in a special children’s cell inside Kerobokan Jail but mix freely with the mainstream prison population.

Most Australians arrested in Bali recently and in possession of small amounts of drugs have initially been charged with the 12-year drug possession laws but later had the charges dropped when they gave evidence of being addicted to drugs.

The laws for drug addicts using drugs for their own personal use are much less severe and carry only a four-year maximum term. Most people end up being sentenced to months in jail and are then released.

Victorian man Ricky Shane Rawson was recently released after serving a four-month term for possession of 0.06 grams of methamphetamine.

And Angus McCaskill, who was originally sentenced to a massive seven years in jail for possession of 3.58 grams of cocaine, had his term cut on appeal and he was freed after 14 months behind bars.

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