30 Jun 2015

NZer jailed for drug smuggling in Bali

7:42 pm on 30 June 2015

A New Zealander has been sentenced to 15 years in jail by a Bali court on drugs charges.

Antony de Malmanche

Antony de Malmanche, 53, claimed he didn't know the drugs were in his backpack when he flew to Bali. Photo: AFP

Antony de Malmanche, 53, claimed he didn't know the 1.7kg of crystal meth was in his backpack when he flew to Bali from Hong Kong on 1 December 2014.

He believed he would be meeting a woman he had met online.

The judges could have imposed a maximum sentence of death and prosecutors had recommended 18 years in prison for de Malmanche.

They said he deserved a long jail term as the drugs had the potential to harm 1700 people.

- AAP / RNZ

Get the new RNZ app

for ad-free news and current affairs