A British man arrested in Bali for allegedly smuggling hashish oil has admitted he has been “very silly” as he may face the loss of life penalty.
Pip Holmes, understood to be a 45-year-old artist from Cornwall, was one in all 5 foreigners paraded at a information convention in Denpasar, the capital of Bali province final week.
The daddy-of-two is accused of receiving practically 31kg of hashish oil within the mail.
Mr Holmes, who describes himself as an artist and surfer, claims he was caught with only a tiny quantity – round 3g – of medicinal THC oil.
He says he makes use of it to deal with arthritis.
Mr Holmes’ household has launched a crowdfunding web page to lift $85,000 (£67,000) for authorized charges to maintain him out of jail.
It had raised $14,979 (£11,873) of the goal on Monday night.
His household say he may face a jail time period of between 5 and 15 years however hope he can as an alternative serve a brief spell in a rehabilitation centre earlier than being deported to the UK.
Indonesian police stated he may very well be sentenced to loss of life if he’s convicted.
Mr Holmes has stated by means of a message on the crowdfunding website that he has already been moved from a cramped police cell to a rehab centre.
He stated: “For the previous couple of days, every morning I’ve woken up in a horrible nightmare.
“I nonetheless cannot imagine that I am right here and I really feel sick with concern.
“Because it stands, I do not know if I am about to spend just a few months in a rehabilitation or if I am about to face 5 to 15 years in Kerobokan – one of many hardest prisons on Earth.”
Mr Holmes stated he had been in Bali for 2 months earlier than his arrest on three December.
He continued: “All of it went terribly improper once I was arrested for possession of a tiny quantity of THC oil.
“Silly a lot? Sure very very silly.
“Proper now I really feel helpless and really alone.
“That is Asia, it isn’t just like the West.
“I’m responsible beneath Indonesian legislation of possession of narcotics, there isn’t any denying that.
“Although medicinal THC is one thing so extensively accepted elsewhere and it was such a small quantity, I foolishly crossed the road in a really strict nation.
“The one manner now to make sure my sentence is one thing I’ll survive is to put money into the proper authorized illustration and rehabilitation.”
Medical doctors have been in a position to prescribe medicinal hashish merchandise to sufferers within the UK since 1 November 1 after the drug was rescheduled.
However Indonesia has strict drug legal guidelines and dozens of convicted smugglers are on loss of life row.
British girl Lindsay Sandiford, from Cheltenham, was convicted of drug-smuggling offences and sentenced to loss of life in 2013.
A Overseas and Commonwealth Workplace spokesman stated: “Our employees are helping a British man following his arrest in Bali, and are in touch along with his household, lawyer and the Indonesian authorities.”