The Straits Times
Published on Oct 18, 2012

Indonesia jails Japanese teen for possession of marijuana


DENPASAR, Indonesia (AFP) - An Indonesian court on Thursday sentenced a Japanese teenager to six months in jail after he was caught with a small amount of marijuana on the resort island of Bali.

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

"The defendant has been found convincingly and legitimately guilty of abusing narcotics for his personal use," Judge Gunawan Tri Budiono of Denpasar district court said as he handed out the jail term.

The teen's lawyer successfully argued that an initial one-year sentence sought by prosecutors was too harsh, given the boy's age.