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Japanese teenager faces jail in Indonesia for marijuana possession

Published on Sep 19, 2012 6:43 PM

DENPASAR, Indonesia (AFP) - A Japanese teenager was charged on Wednesday with possession of a small amount of marijuana on the Indonesian resort island of Bali and faces up to 12 years in jail, prosecutors said.

The 17-year-old, a student at an international high school on the island, was arrested after police found 2.61g of the drug in his trouser pocket.

In a closed-door trial at Denpasar district court, prosecutors charged the teen with drug possession, which carries a sentence of up to 12 years in prison, and drug abuse, which carries up to four years in jail, prosecutor I Wayan Widana told reporters after the trial.

"The defendant had violated Indonesian law for possession of marijuana with the maximum penalty of 12 years," Mr Widana said. "The defendant also used the drugs himself. Based on his confession, he bought the marijuana for 300,000 rupiah (S$38)," he added.

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