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Qld man jailed in Indonesia for drug possession
December 8, 2005 - By foreign affairs editor Peter Cave

An Australian man working for the Theiss construction company in Indonesia has been sentenced to 10 months in jail for possession of the drug shabu shabu, a form of crystal methamphetamine.

The 45-year-old Queenslander, John Michael Kelly, was arrested in September at Sangata on the island of Borneo.

The court found Kelly guilty of possession of half a gram of shabu shabu.

Police had told the court he was arrested at a hotel room, along with an Indonesian girlfriend, in possession of half a gram of the drug and equipment to smoke it.

The judge ordered that three months already served in prison be taken into account, meaning he will serve another seven months.

Kelly's Indonesian lawyer told the ABC that the sentence was considered light and that an appeal is unlikely.

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