18 Feb 2015

NZ man's drug trial delayed

10:26 am on 18 February 2015

The trial of a New Zealand man facing drug-smuggling charges in Indonesia has been delayed.

Antony de Malmanche

Antony de Malmanche Photo: AFP

Antony de Malmanche, 52, was detained at Bali airport in December last year and is accused of trying to bring nearly two kilograms of methamphetamine into Indonesia.

He was due to go on trial in the Denpasar district court yesterday but proceedings were postponed to an unspecified date because there was no interpreter in court.

Mr de Malmanche's New Zealand-based lawyer Craig Tuck said this week that the Indonesian-based legal team would seek court orders to try to gain access to the entire police file.

They would also be advising the court of "preliminary challenges to evidence along with other associated administrative matters such as clarification on aspects of the indictment and timetabling," he said.

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