French Student Jailed to Five Years in Bali for Marijuana

Anthony Lambert has been sentenced to five years in a Bali prison for drug possession. He was found guilty of bringing marijuana into Indonesia from Malaysia.

Antony Lambert talked with his legal counsel while undergoing trial in court Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia (14/9) Photo: AFP Photo/Sony Tumbelaka

The 23-year-old French student was arrested in June after arriving in Ngurah Rai International Airport from Kuala Lumpur with 14 grams of marijuana.

“The defendant is found guilty of importing drugs, marijuana type, with a penalty of five years imprisonment and a fine of IDR1 billion (US$73,894). If unable to pay the fine, then he must serve an additional three months in prison,” Judge Made Pasek said in court on Tuesday, Coconuts Bali reported.

Lambert’s attorney, Pande Putu Maya Arsanti, said they will consider appealing.

“We are not happy with this decision. We will think it over the next week,” she said.

Lambert should have been charged not for drug possession but as a drug user, a designation which carries lighter sentencing guidelines.

“So the sentence should not be five years, but the defendant was deported from Indonesia and rehabilitated in his country,” she added.

The Frenchman had brought the marijuana for his own use to “ease his pain”, claims the attorney.



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