Bali drugs boy back home in Aus
Sydney - A 14-year-old Australian boy
convicted of drug possession on the Indonesian resort island of Bali arrived
back in Sydney on Monday after two months in detention.
The high school student, whose fate had been
the focus of intense diplomatic discussions between the near neighbours, evaded
the waiting media after landing at Sydney Airport on Monday morning.
But the Department of Foreign Affairs
confirmed his return.
"It is welcome news that the boy has now
returned home to Australia following completion of his sentence," a spokesperson
The boy, who has worn a balaclava to hide his
identity and whose family have requested privacy, was released from Indonesian
custody at the weekend and left the resort island accompanied by his father.
The teen had admitted to carrying 6.9 grams of
marijuana when he was arrested on October 4 in the tourist area of Kuta, where
he was on holiday with his parents.
On November 25 he was sentenced to two months
in jail for marijuana possession, but the court took into account the time he
had already spent in immigration detention.
Prosecutors had asked for a three-month jail
term for the boy under a drug possession charge that carries a maximum of two
years' imprisonment for minors.
His lawyers had attempted to have him
acquitted, arguing he should undergo rehabilitation instead.
New South Wales state Premier Barry O'Farrell
said the boy's ordeal should serve as a warning to others travelling to Bali,
long a popular tourist destination for Australians.
"When people travel to other countries
they need to understand the laws of those countries, particularly when it comes
to issues around drugs, and they need to respect those laws," he told
Several Australians have been arrested for
drug possession on Bali in recent years, including two traffickers on death row
and six serving life sentences in Kerobokan prison.