Australian Arrested For Smoking Weed and Begs For Leniency

Australian man Nicholas Langan has delivered a heartfelt apology to Indonesia and pleaded with judges in a Bali court to let him go home, report.

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Facing four years in jail for partially smoking a joint of marijuana at the start of a Bali holiday, Langan told of an addiction to the drug, of his regret at the hurt caused to his family and to Bali and of the valuable lessons he has learned from his own stupidity.

Langan was speaking in Denpasar District Court as part of the defense response to the prosecution’s recommendation that he be jailed for four years.

And he revealed that he had been advised by his own lawyers and others “that the only way for me to get free was to pay money,” referring to widespread corruption in the Indonesian judiciary and police systems.

“Sir, I have never considered that this course of action would be appropriate to my family, who have no money left to pay, but more importantly it would indicate that I have no faith and trust in you, honorable sirs, administering the just law of Indonesia,” Langan told the three judges who will decide his fate.

“I do have faith and belief in you today, I have faith that you and God will allow me to go home today to be with the ones I have hurt the most, my family. Sirs, I have paid a penalty for my wrongdoing. I have spent almost five months in detention. I carry the burden that I have shown disrespect to the law, Bali and its kind people, but I have learnt now that the first step to rehabilitation is to control my mind and always seek guidance through prayer,” he said.

“I am very sorry and I am appealing to the mercy of your honors to send me home to Australia. My last five months have been traumatic, but I have learned valuable lessons and have become a better person for my suffering. I want to thank police and prison staff. They have treated me humanely and fairly. Sirs, I was wrong, I am sorry, please let me go home.”

Langan began his personal plea by apologizing to the court, the people of Bali and his family.

He told of coming to Bali on holiday to relax and deal with stress and told of a past problem with marijuana and alcohol addiction, but lamented that he had “failed at the first hurdle.”

In Langan’s case, it was a half-smoked joint of marijuana which he shared with the driver from his hotel. Prosecutors have also recommended that the driver, Hanung Pekik Hermantoro, 25, also be jailed for four years. Hermantoro pleaded for a lenient sentence.

The case returns to court on June 25.

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Source: / Cindy Wockner and Komang Erviani


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