Rehab not Bali jail for Toowoomba man: Lawyer
LAWYERS for Toowoomba man Isaac Roberts will argue that he is a drug addict who should be sent for rehabilitation and not jail in Bali.
The 35-year-old Queensland man spent Christmas Day in a holding cell at Bali's police headquarters, with a cheesecake from his lawyer.
Roberts was arrested on December 4, flying into Bali, allegedly with 20.54 grams of methamphetamine and ecstasy secreted in his luggage and he has been locked up ever since, pending charges.
A sentence of rehabilitation, to be spent in a drug rehabilitation centre rather than jail, is available under Indonesia's justice system, however it is rarely granted to foreigners.
There are several drug rehabilitation centres in Bali.
His lawyer Denny Sedana yesterday told News Corporation that a team of police doctors had already assessed Roberts and declared he was a drug addict who should undergo rehabilitation and they had also secured medical records from Australia, detailing his drug addiction and treatment.
Police have now extended the 20-day detention period for another 40 days, allowing more time for the police investigation to be completed and the case handed to prosecutors, who decide what charges he should face.
He is currently being held under drug importation and possession charges which carry the maximum death penalty or 20 years in jail.
Roberts told the media he is an addict when he was paraded by Customs officials, wearing a black balaclava and at gunpoint.
Mr Sedana visited Roberts on Christmas Day, taking him a cheesecake for Christmas. He said Roberts understood he needed to follow the process.
"He realised that all this happened because of his mistake. He said that he feels so sorry to his family and friends," Mr Sedana said.
"We are attempting to get him (sentenced) to rehabilitation, because he has been declared as a drug addict. A drug addict should be rehabilitated.
"So, if he is a drug addict we have to give the chance for him to eliminate his addiction. It means that he needs rehabilitation.
"We have already got medical records from Australia that shows he was a drug addict and had medical treatment there."
Mr Sedana said that a team of police doctors had also assessed Roberts at the Bhayangkara police hospital and recommended, in a report, that Roberts was a drug addict who needed rehabilitation.
"He already used drugs for a long time. He only tried it at the beginning. Later on he became an addict," he said.
Last week, at a press conference to announce his arrest, Roberts told the media he was an addict and expressed anger at being paraded before the press.
"Parading small time users in front of media for tiny amounts when there are kilos coming through this airport. It's ridiculous," Roberts said.
"I was invited to this country by someone who was working with a Customs officer and they knew I was going to bring something," he said, suggesting Customs had been tipped off to his arrival.
Roberts was arrested as he arrived in Bali on a flight from Thailand.
His lawyer says it was a last minute decision to fly to Bali for a few days on the way home from a Thai holiday.
Born in Toowoomba, Roberts was an award-winning student who went on to become a chartered accountant in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
In 2009 he stood as a Liberal Democrat candidate in the blue ribbon seat of Higgins in Melbourne in a by-election but polled poorly.
His mother has been in Bali in the past week, visiting him at the police headquarters where he is being held.