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Briton could face life imprisonment over drugs charge

Published on Oct 8, 2012 9:34 PM

DENPASAR (AFP) - An Indonesian court in the resort island of Bali charged a British woman on Monday with cocaine possession, an offence punishable by life imprisonment.

Rachel Dougall, 39, was arrested in May at her luxury villa for alleged involvement in a plot to smuggle 4.79kgs of cocaine.

Two other Britons facing multiple charges in the case could face the death penalty. But prosecutors only charged Dougall with possession of nearly fifty grams of cocaine.

"In a police raid at the defendant's villa, police found a cigarette package containing 48.94 grams of cocaine in her bag," one of the prosecutors, Putu Astawa, told Denpasar district court. The charge carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

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