Jakarta. An Australian man arrested for marijuana possession at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali, on Oct. 9 may face up to 20 years in prison, a police official said on Sunday (15/10).
"He was named a suspect yesterday for violating the 2009 Anti-Narcotics Law. He could be jailed for a minimum of five years and a maximum of 20," Bali Police spokesman Adj. Sr. Comr. Hengky Widjaja told the Jakarta Globe via text message.
Following his arrest by customs and border protection officers, the 37-year-old suspect, Joshua James Baker, was taken to a police hospital for a medical check-up, accompanied by his lawyer and two police officers.
Baker reportedly went to a toilet inside the hospital the next afternoon, but when he did not emerge after 20 minutes, the guards became suspicious and broke through the door, discovering that he had escaped through a window.
He was later re-arrested in the lobby of Hotel LV8 at Berawa Beach in Canggu, Badung district, while ordering food and drinks.