20 Jan 2011

MFAT not asked to assist man on Bali drug charges

3:42 pm on 20 January 2011

The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade says it has not received a request for assistance from a New Zealand national facing serious charges of drug possession in Bali.

The Bali Times reports Willie Rare, 57, is to be sentenced on Thursday. He could face up to 12 years in prison.

It says Mr Rare, who is also known as Angus McCaskill, lived in Australia for more than 30 years.

The newspaper says he was caught with five plastic pouches containing almost four grams of cocaine in June last year.

MFAT says Mr Rare identifies as an Australian and has not sought consular assistance.