- Title: Australian teen released in Bali as white powder found to be medicine
- Date: 23rd November 2016
- Summary: BALI, INDONESIA (NOVEMBER 23, 2016) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) ****WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF 18-YEAR-OLD AUSTRALIAN, JAMIE MURPHY, SURROUNDED BY MEDIA AS HE LEAVES POLICE STATION UNDER ESCORT MURPHY GETTING INTO CAR CAR DRIVING AWAY KUTA DISTRICT POLICE CHIEF SPEAKING TO MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (English) KUTA DISTRICT POLICE CHIEF, I WAYAN SUMARA, SAYING: "The white powder is not drug, the white powder is medicine." CAMERAMEN AND JOURNALISTS (SOUNDBITE) (English) KUTA DISTRICT POLICE CHIEF, I WAYAN SUMARA, SAYING: "He doesn't know (whether it) is drug or not, but according to the man who gave (it) him on the street 'you can try this, better, the medicine is better for your life'." REPORTER ASKES: "Did he buy it sir? Did he pay for it?" "Yes." REPORTER ASKED: "How much do you know?" "There's no information from him." JOURNALISTS STANDING IN POLICE STATION EXTERIOR OF POLICE HEADQUARTERS/ SIGN READING (Bahasa Indonesia): "INDONESIA NATIONAL POLICE / DENPASAR TOWN / KUTA SECTOR"
- Embargoed: 8th December 2016 16:04
- Keywords: Bali Indonesia drugs arrest Jamie Murphy
- Location: BALI, INDONESIA
- City: BALI, INDONESIA
- Country: Indonesia
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Judicial Process/Court Cases/Court Decisions
- Reuters ID: LVA00159O0BWN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Indonesian police released an Australian teenager from detention on Wednesday (November 23) after a packet of "white powder" that he was found with at a nightclub the previous day was confirmed to be medicine.
Eighteen-year-old's Jamie Murphy was detained in the early hours of Tuesday (November 22) on the resort island of Bali, after he was found holding a small quantity of white powder.
Police said forensic result showed the powder is a mixture of three medicines: paracetamol, dextromethorphan, caffeine.
The police said that Murphy bought the pack of powder from an unknown man on the street, who said consuming it would make his life "better".
Murphy left the police station without giving any statement or answering the questions of waiting journalists.
Indonesia has one of the toughest drug laws in the world.
Under Indonesian law, conviction for possession of less than five grams of prohibited drugs carries a maximum 12-year prison sentence and anyone could face capital punishment if found guilty of drug trafficking.
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