A British man could be facing the death penalty in Indonesia after being accused of drug smuggling.
Adam Scott, 48, arrived in Bali from Bangkok on January 24 and was arrested when officers seized 655 Diazepam tablets, also known as Valium, from the computer analyst.
The amount, which was not reported on his customs declaration, was judged to be more than he needed for personal use.
Scott showed them a prescription for the drug but it only stated 42 pills.
A 56-year-old German man, Siegfried Karl Achim Ruckel, was arrested two days later when he arrived from Doha after allegedly concealing 7.91g of heroin, 2.57g of amphetamines and 30 Diazepam pills in his belongings.
Customs chief Himawan Indarjono said Scott and Ruckel were arrested late last month at Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport.
He said Scott is suspected of violating the Customs and Psychotropic laws, under which he could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $22,000 if found guilty.
If found guilty, Ruckel could face up to a death sentence and a fine of up to $730,000.
Bali Police narcotics unit investigator Comr. I Made Pakris told the Jakarta Post: ‘He told us that all of the drugs were brought for his personal use only.
‘We cannot simply believe what he told us.’
Indonesia has extremely strict drug laws and convicted smugglers are sometimes executed. Eighteen convicts, mostly foreigners, have been executed under President Joko Widodo, who took office in October 2014 and declared a war on illegal drugs.
More than 150 people are currently on death row, mostly for drug crimes. About one-third of them are foreigners.