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Aussie arrested in Bali refusing help
Hamish Townsend - September 20, 2008

A 37-year-old NSW man has been arrested in Bali on charges of possessing heroin and marijuana.

Shane Demos was arrested on Tuesday morning in the Seminyak nightclub district, with police allegedly finding a packet of heroin and another of marijuana.

It is believed neither drug was in sufficient quantity to justify charges of drug dealing which carries a death sentence under Indonesian law.

Mr Demos has refused consular support from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, though a spokesperson confirmed they were ready to help should he change his mind.

"We're closely monitoring the situation, but at this stage he's not talking to us and we know little about him", the official said.

Demos is being questioned at police headquarters in Denpasar.

Aussie detained, questioned in Bali
September 19, 2008

An Australian man arrested in Bali is likely to be charged with drug use and possession after allegedly being caught with two bags of heroin and marijuana while out clubbing, his lawyer says.

Shane Christos Demos, 37, was arrested in the Double Six nightclub district in Seminyak on Tuesday.

It's alleged he had in his possession one package of heroin amounting to 0.3 of a gram, and another of marijuana, amounting to 5.9 grams.

He is being detained and questioned at Bali police headquarters in Denpasar, but has so far refused consular assistance.

His lawyer Iswayudi Eddy on Friday said the NSW man was in a distressed state.

"At the moment, our client cannot discuss this case because he is very distressed," Eddy said.

"He is still in shock, his emotions are not stable.

"He was interrogated yesterday and we are expecting charges to be finalised on Monday."

Eddy said police were still questioning Demos and deciding which charges to lay.

But he would likely face court charged under laws on drug use and possession that carrying a maximum prison sentence of 15 years and a minimum of three months.

Neither drug was of sufficient quantity to justify charges of drug dealing or trafficking, which carries the death penalty, Eddy said.

The Australian, who was on holiday in Bali and staying at a hotel in Kuta, had refused consular assistance, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said.

"The man has indicated that he didn't require consular assistance," a DFAT spokesman said.

"The Australian consul general in Bali (Bruce Cowled) has provided him with a list of local lawyers and stands ready to provide further consular assistance.

"The consul general will monitor developments in the man's case to see that he is treated fairly and without discrimination according to Indonesian law."

Bali police spokesman Antonius Reniban would not comment except to confirm that Demos was being held in police custody along with several Europeans arrested this week.

He said they were not arrested together and are being detained separately.

Australian man arrested for heroin, marijuana in Bali
Article from: The Daily Telegraph - From Cindy Wockner in Bali - September 18, 2008

DRUG squad police in Bali have arrested yet another Australian allegedly in possession of drugs on the holiday island.

The Daily Telegraph understands that a man called Shane Demos was arrested this week and is currently being held in the cells at the police headquarters in Denpasar on suspicion of possessing heroin and marijuana.

Sources yesterday confirmed the arrest but refused to elaborate, saying they were still trying to develop the case. It is not known which state he comes from but one officer said Demos, born in 1971, was a tourist on holiday in Bali.

The Daily Telegraph has been told that the man was arrested about 10am on Tuesday morning in the trendy nightclub district of Seminyak and allegedly had one package of heroin, known locally as putaw and one package of marijuana.

It is not known how much of each drug.

He is being held at Polda where he was yesterday being questioned and is understood that he has not yet employed a lawyer.

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