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Australian businessman jailed five months in Indonesia for hashish
2005/8/15 - DENPASAR, Indonesia (AP)

An Australian businessman was sentenced Monday to five months' jail for hashish possession on Indonesia's Bali island.

Adelaide native John Pyle was detained in May after authorities found 1.8 grams (0.06 ounces) of hashish at his Bali residence.

Judge Nyoman Gede Wirya disregarded evidence that an Australian doctor was treating Pyle for drug addiction. Pyle's lawyer had argued that his client should be spared jail time because he was seeking medical help.

Pyle is the second Australian recently jailed for drugs on Bali.

Schapelle Corby was sentenced to 20 years in prison in May for smuggling 4.2 kilograms (9 pounds) of marijuana onto Bali. Her case sparked public outrage and set off a fierce debate over whether she was guilty.

Corby's defense team claimed she was likely a victim of an Australian drug ring involving corrupt baggage handlers who failed to retrieve marijuana planted in her surfboard bag before it was transferred to an international flight in Australia.

Eight Australian men and one woman, ages 19-27, were also arrested in April on Bali for allegedly trying to smuggle nearly 11 kilograms (24 pounds) of heroin out of Indonesia.

At least four of them face possible execution by firing squad if convicted of drug trafficking.

Police on Monday filed cases with the prosecutor's office, indicating the nine Australians could go on trial in the coming weeks.

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