Foreigners recently arrested in Bali for alleged drug smuggling could face execution if convicted
Peruvian Jorge Albornoz Gamarra (centre) and German Frank Zeldler (right) with officers during a press conference in Bali. (AP: Firdia Lisnawati)
Indonesian police said some of the five foreigners who have been arrested for alleged drug smuggling on the tourist island of Bali since the end of November will face the death penalty if they are convicted.
- Five men from Peru, Britain, China, Malaysia and Germany are accused of smuggling drugs in separate incidents
- All of the men have been arrested since November 30 this year
- Indonesia has strict drug laws and dozens of convicted smugglers are on death row
Five foreigners, from Peru, Britain, China, Malaysia and Germany, were paraded by police at a news conference on Thursday in Denpasar in Bali.
The accused, all individual men whose cases are not related, have been arrested since November 30 this year.
The drugs allegedly seized from the men included four kilograms of cocaine, as well as marijuana, ecstasy and ketamine.
Indonesia has strict drug laws and dozens of convicted smugglers are currently on death row.
Jorge Albornoz Gamarra (left) and Frank Zeldler are handcuffed together as they walk after the press conference. (AP: Firdia Lisnawati)
The last executions in the country happened in July 2016, when an Indonesian national and three foreigners were shot by a firing squad.
Two Australians, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, who were the ringleaders of the Bali Nine drug smuggling group, were executed on April 29, 2015.
A police statement said the four kilograms of cocaine was smuggled by a Peruvian citizen in the lining of his suitcase and had a value of about 10.2 billion rupiah ($AU969,000).
A British man was arrested for allegedly receiving nearly 31 kilograms of cannabis oil in the mail and a German man for allegedly trying to smuggle 2.6 kilograms of hashish on a flight from Bangkok.
Police said the Chinese citizen was arrested with 200 ecstasy tablets and ketamine powder, and the Malaysian man had small quantities of synthetic cannabis and ecstasy.