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  1. buseman
    The Australian man detained at Bali's international airport with almost two kilograms of methamphetamine says he knew nothing about the drugs and is not a drug smuggler.

    Indonesian customs officers say Michael Sacatides, 43, from Sydney arrived this morning on a Air Asia flight from Bangkok.

    They say he has now been transferred to police custody.

    They will take several days or up to several weeks to decide whether to lay formal charges.

    The officers became suspicious when they saw a plastic bag in his luggage as it passed through the X-ray machine.

    The head of the investigation has told the ABC when they opened the bag they found the drugs in four plastic bags concealed in the panels of his suitcase.

    People found guilty of smuggling more than five grams of methamphetamine face the death penalty.

    But Mr Sacatides says he knew nothing about the drugs and borrowed the suitcase form an Indian man in Bangkok, where he has been living for a year and a half, working as a boxing instructor.

    No I didn't bring any drugs - this is news to me, he is heard saying in a recording of the police interview.

    Mr Sacatides says nobody gave him any money or asked him to take the bag.

    I borrowed the bag to put, I don't have a bag. I just borrowed a bag to put some clothes in, he said.

    The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) says consular officials are trying to get in contact with Mr Sacacides.

    DFAT says it is not known whether Indonesian authorities have charged him with an offence.

    Methamphetamine is a class one narcotic under Indonesian law.

    Three Australians, all members of the so-called Bali Nine heroin smuggling ring, are currently on death row.

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    Fri Oct 1, 2010
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/10/01/3027446.htm?site=news

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  1. buseman
    Australian officials meet accused meth smuggler

    Consular officials have visited the Australian man detained at Bali's international airport with four bags of methamphetamine.

    The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) says Balinese police have not laid charges and can detain the man for up to 20 days.

    Michael Sacatides, 43, was allegedly caught with 1.7 kilograms of methamphetamine concealed in four plastic bags in the panels of a suitcase on Friday.

    He says he borrowed the suitcase from an Indian man in Bangkok, where he has been living for a year and a half, working as a boxing instructor.

    The airport officers became suspicious when they saw a plastic bag in his luggage as it passed through the X-ray machine.

    But Mr Sacatides says he knew nothing about the drugs until they were discovered.

    Australian consular officers have visited the man in custody and are providing him with assistance.

    Officers in Canberra are also providing assistance to his family in Australia.

    Mr Sacatides has appointed a lawyer.

    Methamphetamine is a class one narcotic under Indonesian law and anyone caught smuggling more than five grams faces the death penalty.

    Three Australians, all members of the so-called Bali Nine heroin smuggling ring, are currently on death row in Indonesia.

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    October 2, 2010
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/10/02/3027860.htm?site=news
  2. powerrobbie
    For some reason SWIM feels bad for this guy. Although he does not believe that the man did not know anything about the drugs and SWIM feels that anyone stupid enough to smuggle drugs where more than 5 grams can get you kill deserves to get caught. No amount of money could make it worth it to my friend swim.
  3. buseman
    Accused meth smuggler maintains innocence

    Police in Bali say they are making progress in their investigation of an Australian man caught allegedly trying to smuggle methamphetamine into Bali.

    Police say Sydney man Michael Sacatides, 43, still claims he knew nothing about the 1.7 kilograms of methamphetamine allegedly found in his luggage on Friday.

    However he has given them the name and phone number of the Indian man he claims loaned him the bag in Bangkok.

    The case is looming as the first test of the Australian Government's opposition to the death penalty.

    If Sacatides is charged, the death penalty will probably be on the table.

    The Government says the Australian Federal Police (AFP) cannot cooperate with their Indonesian counterparts without consulting the justice minister and the attorney-general.

    Oct 4, 2010
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/10/04/3029182.htm?site=news
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