An Australian man allegedly caught trying to smuggle hash and the party drug ice into Bali in his stomach will face a trafficking charge and the possibility of a death sentence, prosecutors have confirmed.
Edward Myatt is expected to be moved from police headquarters in Bali to the notorious Kerobokan jail within days after it was revealed today that police had completed their investigation and were set to hand the case over to prosecutors.
The 54-year-old Ballarat-born man was arrested on February 27 at Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali and was later allegedly found to be carrying 1.1kg of hashish and more than 4 grams of methamphetamines in plastic casings which he had swallowed.
Bali's chief prosecutor Gusti Gede Putu Atmaja has confirmed his office had signed off on the police summary of evidence, or P21, and that Myatt could face the death penalty if convicted of the most serious charge of trafficking.
"Today, we have declared it's P21. The document has been finalised," Mr Atmaja said today.
"The primary charge will be under article 113 which is for importing and distributing with maximum penalty of death."
Myatt will also be charged with two counts of possession, the most serious of which carries a maximum penalty of life in jail.
It's likely he will have his 1st day in court in early May.
The court where he will appear is the same venue where a string of Australians convicted on drugs charges have appeared since 2004, including the Gold Coast's Schapelle Corby and the Bali 9.
Myatt will also be housed at Kerobokan jail, along with the other Australians, for the duration of his trial and beyond if convicted.
While it's understood Myatt told police that he was working alone, authorities remain convinced he is part of an international drug-smuggling syndicate and may have successfully imported drugs into Bali in the past.
Officers with Bali's drugs squad have been in contact with Interpol as part of efforts to establish whether Myatt has links with a larger operation.
Myatt has allegedly told investigators he bought the drugs, which have an estimated street value of $70,000, in Delhi from a man known as "Dr Steve" after travelling to India from Yorkshire in England where he has lived for several years.
He allegedly separated the drugs into smaller quantities and wrapped them in 72 plastic casings at his hotel before swallowing them and travelling to Bali.
Australian and British consular officials have been providing him with assistance.
(source: Sydney Morning Herald)