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Australian Graham Huynh’s drugs arrest could lead to death penalty in Indonesia

Australian man faces the death penalty after being caught hiding heroin in his anus in Bali

  • Australian could face the death penalty over trying to smuggle heroin into Bali
  •  Jeff Welton accused of hiding 8g of heroin inside his anus at Bali’s airport
  • The amount he is accused of importing is punishable by the death penalty
  • Lawyer argues he is an addict, which allows more leniency under Indonesian law

An Australian man faces the death penalty after being arrested for trying to smuggle heroin in his anus into Bali.

Graham Huynh, who also goes by Jeff Welton, 52, was arrested at Bali’s international airport on September 6 after arriving on a flight from Vietnam.

He is accused of hiding 8.09g of heroin in his anus, which under Indonesia’s drug importation laws means he could face the death penalty.

Australian Jeff Welton has been arrested for trying to smuggle 8g of heroin into Bali from Vietnam

Mr Welton's lawyer will argue that he is a heroin addict, which would allow for him to undergo rehabilitation rather jail time

Mr Welton’s lawyer will argue that he is a heroin addict, which would allow for him to undergo rehabilitation rather jail time

Mr Welton, who holds both Australian and British passports, also faces charges of drug possession which carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Police say they will hold a press conference about the arrest during the week.

Mr Huynh’s lawyer Edward Pangkahila told news.com.au that Mr Huynh had been addicted to heroin for over 15 years. 

Under Indonesian law those who prove drug addiction are given rehabilitation rather than jail or other punishments. 

‘As the lawyer, we are working on it and hopefully he can get rehabilitation,’ Mr Pangkahila said.

‘He is a drug user who has been severely addicted to heroin. He really needs rehabilitation. 

Convicted Bali Nine ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were executed in Indonesia in 2015

Convicted Bali Nine ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were executed in Indonesia in 2015

Renae Lawrence is the only member of the Bali Nine to have been released from prison in  Indonesia

Renae Lawrence is the only member of the Bali Nine to have been released from prison in  Indonesia

‘We have requested the narcotic agency to conduct an assessment for his drug addiction.’

Jeff Welton is a diving instructor and keen surfer who lives in Bali and resides in Perth when in Australia.

In 2015 Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were executed in Indonesia as the convicted ringleaders of the so-called Bali Nine drug smugglers.

The nine Australians were arrested trying to smuggle 8.3kg of heroin to Australia on a flight out of Bali’s airport in 2005.

Of the remaining seven only one, Renae Lawrence, has been released from jail while another Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen has died of cancer.

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