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South African jailed for life over Bali heroin offences

A South African man has been sentenced to life in prison, after being convicted of heroin offences on the Indonesian island of Bali.

Martin Christopher Akuyabi, 40, from Johannesburg, was arrested last August in his hotel room in Bali.

Police said they found around 1 kilogram of heroin stashed in biscuit packages, soap and perfume boxes.

"(The court) declares the defendant ... guilty of carrying out crimes against the law by providing narcotics type one," presiding judge Linton Siregar told the Denpasar District Court.

Akuyabi's lawyer, Christo Immanuel Dugis, said he would appeal against the conviction.

Prosecutors had demanded the maximum penalty of death.

The sentencing came as a drugs trial involving Gold Coast woman, Schapelle Corby, 27, nears an end.

Prosecutors last week sought a life term for Corby, who has been accused of smuggling 4.1 kilograms of marijuana into Bali.

Corby's verdict is expected within a month.

Indonesian police also arrested nine Australians this month for alleged heroin trafficking after a joint operation with Australian police.

-Reuters

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