The Australian arrested last week for allegedly trying to smuggle drugs into
Bali can expect no mercy as the customs chief confirmed his office will press
police and prosecutors to seek the death penalty.
Edward Myatt is yet to be formally charged, but authorities have already
indicated they intend to deal with him in the harshest of ways after he was
allegedly caught attempting to smuggle hashish and methamphetamines into Bali
in his stomach.
The head of Customs at Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport, I Made Wijaya, said on
Tuesday that his office had already requested that Myatt be charged under
Article 113 of Indonesia's harsh drugs laws and that a death penalty be
"Under Article 113 ... it is stated that cannabis and methamphetamines are
class-1 drugs and prohibited. By importing these items, you can be charged with
death penalty," Wijaya told AAP.
"This article is the primary one that should be used to charge him."
The fate of the alleged drug mule will ultimately lie in the hands of a judge.
But the 54-year-old's lawyer, Robert Khuana, has also confirmed that the death
penalty is likely to be sought by authorities when the case inevitably goes to
"I cannot comment on the chance he will escape the death penalty," he said.
"He hasn't yet been charged."
Myatt was arrested last week after arriving in Bali on a Thai Airways flight
from Delhi via Thailand.
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 had
The head of the Bali drugs squad, Mulyadi, said police believe Myatt swallowed
the drugs in Bangkok.
Police suspect the latest trip was not Myatt's 1st drug run to Bali, with his
travel records showing he has visited the popular resort island at least 5
Myatt was taken to hospital for a 2nd day in a row on Tuesday, complaining of
stomach problems, before being returned to his cramped, squalid cell at Bali
Police headquarters in Denpasar where he has been since last week.
While he was born in Ballarat, it is understood Myatt has lived in the United
Kingdom for a number of years.
He holds Australian and British passports.
Myatt has been receiving consular support from both countries.
He is expected to remain at police headquarters until he is charged, after
which he is likely to be moved to Kerobokan jail, already home to 12 other
Australians convicted for drug-related offences.