Australian Hairdresser Faces Death Penalty in Bali for Drug Smuggling
Made Arya Kencana
Denpasar. A 54-year-old Australian hairdresser is facing the death penalty as Indonesian prosecutors accused him on Wednesday of attempting to smuggle just over a kilogram of narcotics into Bali.
Edward Norman Myatt, an Australian citizen who has reportedly been working as a hairdresser in London, was arrested after he was found carrying about one kilogram of hashish and five grams of crystal methamphetamine in his body upon arrival at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport on Feb. 27.
Myatt allegedly obtained the drugs in New Delhi and ingested a reported 72 capsules before his flight to Bali in an attempt to smuggle the drugs past security officials.
Officers reportedly became suspicious when they saw Myatt’s abnormally large belly, and rushed him to a hospital to scan for contraband.
Myatt tried to escape on the way to the hospital, but officers quickly caught and re-arrested him. The 54-year-old eventually discharged the capsules.
“The narcotics were bought in New Delhi, India, at the price of $1,250,” prosecutor Gusti Putu Atmaja said at the Denpasar District Court on Wednesday.
Atmaja added that the amount of drugs Myatt was carrying violated the 2009 Law on Narcotics, which is punishable by the death penalty.