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Bali prosecutor asks for Queenslander to be jailed over drugs

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 13/03/2018 9NEWS

A Bali prosecutor has asked for Queensland man Joshua Baker to be jailed for a year.

Baker, 32, was arrested in Bali in October, allegedly with 28 grams of marijuana mixed with tobacco and 37 tablets of an anti-anxiety drug believed to be Diazepam.

He was first arrested when Bali customs officers became suspicious of his luggage as it went through airport security.

After searching his bags, officers found the drugs.

“He went through the customs like other passengers (but) we felt suspicious when his luggage passed through the custom’s X-ray," Ngurah Rai Customs and Excise chief Budi Harjanto said after the arrest.

Joshua Baker arrives at a court in Denpasar. © Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP Photo/Getty Images Joshua Baker arrives at a court in Denpasar. "When we checked, we found the drugs inside his bag. The Australian was coming for a holiday, but he brought pills."

After his arrest, Baker dodged Bali authorities when he was taken to a police hospital after complaining he was feeling unwell.

He escaped when asked if he could use the bathroom but was later arrested at a Kuta hotel.

His lawyer previously tried to have the case thrown out, claiming Baker suffers from mental illness.

Indonesia has a strong stance against drugs, with harsh laws resulting in jail time for even small qualities.

The trial will resume next week.

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