Indonesian Customs authorities are demanding that an Australian accused of
attempting to smuggle hashish and methamphetamines into Bali be given the death
sentence if convicted.
While Edward Myatt's fate will ultimately lie in the hands of the Indonesian
court system, it is perhaps an indication that prosecutors would also insist
the 54-year-old pay the ultimate price if convicted of trafficking.
The news of the Customs office's stand was delivered late on Monday afternoon
by Myatt's newly-appointed lawyer, Robert Khuana, minutes after he'd visited
"Yes, the Customs office has requested the death penalty," Mr Khuana said.
"But that's only Customs. It will depend on the investigation and which article
of the law will be imposed."
Last year, Mr Khuana saved the Bali Nine's Scott Rush from the death penalty,
winning an appeal against the drug courier's original sentence.
Earlier on Monday, the police revealed they had begun examining Myatt's mobile
phone records in an effort to uncover alleged links to an Indonesian crime
Myatt was arrested last week after arriving in Bali on a flight from Delhi.
He is accused of trying to smuggle into Bali 1.1kg of hashish and 7 grams of
methamphetamines, worth an estimated $70,000, contained in 72 capsules he
Myatt was interrogated by narcotics officers again on Monday, but remained
tight-lipped, refusing to speak to police, as he has done since his arrest last
"He hasn't (talked yet). But that's not a problem," Bali drugs squad chief
Mulyadi told AAP.
"We're investigating everything, including the possibility of uncovering his
network," he said.
"We're checking all the calls in and out of his mobile phone. There are
Indonesian numbers he has called."
Police have already said they believe Myatt was a long-term drug mule.
His travel records show he visited Bali 6 times previously.
Authorities say his failure to co-operate will only increase the likelihood
that prosecutors will press for the death penalty if he's convicted.
Although born in Ballarat, Myatt is understood to have lived in Britain for
He holds Australian and British passports.
Australian and British consulate officials visited Myatt on Monday. He was
taken to hospital under police guard a short time later after complaining of
headaches and stomach problems.
He said nothing as he emerged from the interrogation and meetings with
officials, but tried to shield his face with his shirt as he ran the gauntlet
of media camped at the police headquarters in Denpasar.
Myatt's fellow inmates also say he has remained silent since his arrival there
"He keeps to himself. He says nothing," one prisoner told AAP through bars at
the entrance to the cell block.
The Australian is being held in a squalid, damp cell with 10 other inmates. A
total of 42 prisoners, male and female, are housed in the police headquarters
cells, where they mingle closely.
He is expected to remain there until he is charged, after which he is likely to
be moved to Kerobokan jail, already home to 12 other Australians convicted for