An Australian arrested in Bali this week allegedly with more than 1kg of
hashish allegedly secreted in his body, risks the death penalty if convicted.
Ballarat-born Edward Norman Myatt, 54, was paraded at a press conference at
Balis Ngurah Rai international airport today, along with 71 capsules allegedly
containing 1103g of hashish and a single capsule of methamphetamine.
The estimated street value of the hashish was about $67,390, according to the
Because the amount of Type 1 narcotic involved exceeds 1kg, the maximum penalty
for importation is death, said Ngurah Raya customs chief I Made Wijay.
Customs officers alleged the capsules were recovered from Myatt's body over 3
days, after he was taken into custody at the airport on Monday afternoon.
He arrived from New Delhi via Bangkok and Mr Wijaya said Myatt was suspected of
couriering the drugs for an Indonesian network.
The customs chief said Myatt was already under suspicion when he arrived at the
Bali airport because of his travel movements.
He had visited Bali 5 times previously, according to customs records.
Myatt did not speak during the press conference.
2 other Australians - Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan - remain on death row
for their part in a 2005 plot to smuggle more than 8kg of heroin from Bali to
The 2 men, members of the group known as the Bali 9, are expected to lodge an
appeal for clemency from Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono later
Mr Myatt is likely to be held at Kerobokan jail after he is charged.
The jail already houses 12 Australians - the Bali 9, as well as the Gold
Coast's Schapelle Corby, and Sydney's Michael Sacatides, who was jailed for 18
years in 2011 after he was caught with 1.7kg of methamphetamine secreted in his
Sacatides had also arrived on a flight from Bangkok.
Another Australian man, Graeme Michael Pollock from Darwin, was given a 6-month
sentence on Wednesday after he was arrested at his hotel in Kuta Beach last
September with a small amount of methamphetamine.
(source: The Australian)