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Briton Faces Jail After Bali Drugs Bust
A British man faces up to 20 years in an Indonesian prison after being charged with smuggling cocaine into Bali.
Paul Beales, 40, was arrested in May and linked to British woman Lindsay June Sandiford. He has now been charged.
Sandiford was arrested separately when she arrived at the island's airport with nearly 5kg (11lb) of cocaine.
"The defendant, together with Julian Anthony Ponder and Lindsay June Sandiford, was involved in a conspiracy to sell and purchase cocaine," prosecutor Wayan Terima Darsana told the Denpasar district court.
"He could face a jail term up to 20 years," the prosecutor said.
Customs officials said the cocaine had a street value of more than 23 billion rupiah (£1.4m).
Indonesia enforces stiff penalties including life imprisonment and death for drug trafficking.
Two members of an Australian drug smuggling gang known as the "Bali Nine" who were arrested in 2005 are on death row, while seven others face lengthy jail terms.
Another Australian, Schapelle Corby, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for smuggling 4.1kg of marijuana in 2005, recently had her term slashed by five years after a clemency appeal to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.