A VICTORIAN man could face the death penalty after allegedly being caught
carrying dozens of drug-filled capsules in his stomach in Bali.
Authorities expect that Ballarat-born Edward Norman Myatt, 54, will be hit with
serious charges after allegedly being caught with the capsules at Denpasar's
Ngurah Rai Airport.
Mr Myatt last night was in custody in the Indonesian city, where a succession
of Australians have ignored warnings about drug smuggling and found themselves
in dire trouble.
Serious drug offenders can face the death penalty by firing squad.
Authorities said Mr Myatt was arrested after landing in Bali on a flight from
the Thai capital of Bangkok.
He was ushered from Tuesday's flight into a secure area for a preliminary
examination before being taken to hospital. A grim-faced Mr Myatt was later led
by investigators to a police station.
Indonesian police sources said he was allegedly carrying a large quantity of
drugs on his body, concealed inside tiny capsules. Mr Myatt is alleged to have
swallowed some of the capsules.
Police were yesterday still waiting for Mr Myatt to pass remaining capsules.
The contents of the capsules are expected to be analysed in coming days. It is
not clear why he had come under the scrutiny that led to police checks.
Mr Myatt had not been charged late last night.
A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokeswoman said consular officials
were seeking approval to offer assistance to Mr Myatt.
"Indonesian authorities detained a 54-year-old Victorian man at Denpasar
Airport on 28 February and expect to charge him with drug offences," the
"Consular officials in Bali are seeking access in order to offer consular
assistance to the man."
Mr Myatt is the latest in a long list of Australians picked up on drug
smuggling allegations at Ngurah Rai Airport in recent years.
Among those arrested since 2005 have been the Bali 9, cannabis mule Schapelle
Corby and a NSW teenager charged last year and since released.
Melbourne lawyer Julian McMahon, who represents Andrew Chan and Myuran
Sukumaran, of the Bali 9, said the early stages after being arrested were
important in Bali.
"He'll need legal representation and he'll need to be very sensible in how he
conducts himself. They (local police) regard the way you conduct yourself as
important," he said.
If charged, it is unclear whether Mr Myatt would be taken to the notorious
Kerobokan jail because of recent rioting by inmates. (source: News.com.au)