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Artist jailed in Bali
May 24th, 2007

AN Australian artist has been jailed for three months for drug use on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.

Ian Pieter van Wieringen, 64, was yesterday found guilty in Gianyar District Court of one charge of using an illegal drug as an addict.

Police, acting on a tip, raided the painter’s Ubud home in March and found 4.1 grams of hashish in a flower pot.

The Australian citizen, who was born in the Netherlands, had faced a maximum penalty of 10 years.

But prosecutors asked for only a four-month sentence after van Wieringen’s lawyers argued he was an addict and should get a light penalty.

His lawyer Erwin Siregar said van Wieringen would be released in eight days, given time already served.

In 2002, van Wieringen was sentenced for the same crime.

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