21 Oct 2011

Prosecutors confirm boy will face drug charges

8:45 pm on 21 October 2011

Prosecutors in Bali have confirmed they will be charging a 14-year-old Australian boy with drug offences that carry a jail term.

The boy was arrested earlier this month after allegedly buying a small amount of marijuana.

The ABC reports that prosecutors have accepted a police assessment which gives them a choice of three charges.

The most serious charge carries a jail term; the least serious would see the boy escape without a criminal record due to his status as a minor.

The authorities say the only place available for him to be held before he faces court is at the notorious Kerobokan prison, where Schapelle Corby and the Bali Nine are being held.

The teenager, who was on holidays with his parents and staying in the resort area of Legian, was with a friend when he was arrested on 4 October.

It is alleged he bought the marijuana for the equivalent of A$25 after being approached by a dealer while on his way to get a massage in Kuta earlier in the afternoon.