Australian Officials To Visit Teen In Bali
Australian consulate officials will visit a Perth teenager who's been detained by Indonesian police after travelling to Bali for schoolies week.
Jamie Murphy, 18, was picked up after allegedly being found with a small plastic bag containing white powder at a Kuta nightclub.
"The consul general in Bali has been in contact with the young man and we are arranging to visit him today," Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop told Nine Network on Wednesday.
Ms Bishop said the teenager could be held for three days while an investigation takes place and another three days while a decision is made about whether or not to arrest him.
The Australian government has also been in contact with his family to provide advice on issues like legal representation.
"We're providing whatever advice and support we're able to do these in circumstances," Ms Bishop said.
The minister also took the opportunity to warn young Australians travelling to Indonesia that "the laws can be very harsh for offences or activities in Australian that might seem minor".
Mr Murphy is believed to have just graduated from high school before arriving on the popular tourist island on Sunday with two friends.
On Tuesday, he was stopped at the Kuta night spot Skygarden. Inside his bumbag, club security allegedly found white powder in a plastic bag, an ATM card and hotel keys.
Kuta Police Chief Commissioner Wayan Sumara said officials were yet to confirm what the substance was.
"The evidence is still being tested," Chief Sumara said. Mr Murphy is also expected to undergo urine and blood tests.
Video footage of the teen's arrest broadcast by Nine showed him being roughly grabbed around the face and neck by a man believed to be a police officer.
"I have witnessed this kind of behaviour before from the Indonesian police," Ms Bishop said.
"But, again, I say we're subject to their laws, to their system and the way they do things."
If the substance is found to be drugs, Mr Murphy could face a maximum of 12 years in prison if arrested and convicted.
Gerry Maio, president of the Perth-based Bayswater City Soccer Club where Mr Murphy plays, said his mother was overwhelmed by what had happened.
"Of course she was in tears as any mother would be," he told ABC radio.
"It's very hard to gather everything together."
He described Mr Murphy as a wonderful young man and athlete and said the allegations were uncharacteristic of him.
"He was a very promising athlete in our sport. I haven't even seen him with a bottle of beer in his hand," Mr Maio said.