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Briton faces the DEATH PENALTY in Bali for alleged drug smuggling

Briton faces the DEATH PENALTY for ‘drug smuggling’ in Bali after ‘he received liquid marijuana in the post’

  • The unnamed British designer, 45, is said to have been sent bottles of marijuana
  • A Malaysian, Peruvian, German and Chinese man are also accused of trafficking
  • They were arrested separately over the last two weeks and could face execution 

A Briton could face the death penalty for drug trafficking in Bali after he and four others were arrested on the holiday island. 

The unnamed British designer, 45, is said to have received a package from Thailand with 31 grams of liquid marijuana poured into essential oil bottles. 

He is one of five people accused by Indonesian police of smuggling, along with a Malaysian, a Peruvian, a German and a Chinese man. 

They were arrested separately over the past two weeks, Bali police said, and could face execution if convicted under Indonesia’s strict drug laws.     

Five accused smugglers: Jorge Rafael Albornoz Gammara of Peru, Frank Zeidler of Germany, Cui Bao Lin of China, the unnamed British man, and Hamdi Izham Hakimi of Malaysia

Peruvian Jorge Rafael Gammara, left, and German national Frank Zeidler, right, are two of the five people accused of smuggling in Bali over the last two weeks by Indonesian police 

Bali police said today they had arrested 44-year-old Peruvian Jorge Rafael Albornoz Gammara after he arrived at Ngurah Rai international airport from Dubai last week.

‘Officers found 4.08 kilograms of cocaine that he was hiding inside the interior of his luggage,’ immigration official Untung Basuki said.

German Frank Zeidler, 56, en route from Bangkok, was later arrested after officers said they found 2.1 kilos of hashish inside his luggage – an amount that could also make it a death penalty case.  

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On Saturday, 29-year-old Chinese national Cui Bao Lin was arrested at the airport with more than 200 ecstasy pills and over 160 grams of ketamine found in his bag, police said.

Malaysian Hamdi Izham Hakimi was also arrested the same day with a bag containing nearly 15 grams of marijuana and 11 ecstasy pills, according to authorities. 

The arrests come less than a month after the first member of the Bali Nine heroin-trafficking gang was released from a prison on the holiday island after serving 13 years.

Gammara, left, and Zeidler, right, are accused of smuggling drugs into Indonesia, which has very strict laws against such trafficking which could see them face the death penalty 

The Australian gang’s accused ringleaders – Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan – were executed by firing squad in 2015, sparking a diplomatic row between Australia and Indonesia, which has some of the world’s stiffest drug laws.    

Foreigners are regularly caught trying to bring drugs into Bali, which draws millions of visitors annually.

There are dozens of traffickers on death row in Indonesia, including a cocaine-smuggling British grandmother, an American caught with crystal methamphetamine, and several west African inmates sentenced to death for drug crimes.

High-profile cases like that of Australian Schapelle Corby, who spent more than nine years behind bars for smuggling marijuana into Bali, have stoked concern that Indonesia is becoming a destination for trafficked drugs.

Corby was deported in 2017 after several years of parole.   

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