A NSW boy being held in Bali for alleged drug offences has been moved to an immigration detention centre, after Indonesia’s justice minister intervened to keep the 14-year-old out of prison. The teenager, who has been accused of possessing a small amount of cannabis, has been taken from a police cell in Denpasar to the Jimbaran detention centre, about an hour’s drive away. A special policy was drawn up for the minor after the justice minister went to see the conditions at the notorious Kerobokan jail, where Schapelle Corby and the Bali Nine are being held.
The boy’s lawyer, Muhammad Rifan, says the family is surprised and relieved at the sudden decision. He says he is working with authorities to reach an agreement that allows the 14-year-old to stay at the centre or with his parents. The head of security at the immigration detention centre says a large room that normally holds five people was prepared for the teenager. The boy’s parents will be free to visit him as they please, and the room has its own bathroom.
Before being moved, the boy, from Morisset Park, north of Newcastle, was being held in the police cell since his arrest on October 4. The teenager emerged from the police station Saturday afternoon (local time) wearing a cap and black balaclava and using a newspaper to cover his face. He was moved quickly into the lawyer’s black luxury van, which drove off a few minutes later. His mother and father followed in a van behind. Prosecutors have said they agree with the laws under which the boy could be charged and they are preparing to take over custody of the boy.
That was not expected to happen until next week, and there was a possibility he would be moved to Kerobokan prison. But boy’s lawyer has been negotiating to keep his client out of the jail. The teenager, who was holidaying with his parents and staying in the resort area of Legian, was with a friend when he was arrested. It is alleged he bought the marijuana for the equivalent of $25 after being approached by a dealer while on his way to get a massage in Kuta earlier in the afternoon.
Police then detained him outside a supermarket after he left the place where he received the massage.
Among the evidence is a test saying the teenager’s blood and urine have tested positive to marijuana.
via : 7 news
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