British hotel owner arrested on Bali for alleged drug possession

British national Kenneth Daniel Kutsch, right, and Italian national Francesco D’alesio are shown to the media during a police press conference in Badung, Bali, Indonesia
British national Kenneth Daniel Kutsch, right, and Italian national Francesco D’alesio are shown to the media during a police press conference in Badung, Bali, Indonesia (AP)
11:55am, Mon 24 May 2021
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A British hotel owner and an Italian tourist have been arrested for alleged possession of narcotics on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali.

The two men, dressed in orange, were shown to journalists at a news conference.

Kenneth Daniel Kutsch, a British man who has a hotel business on neighbouring Lombok island, and his Indonesian partner Ni Ketut Dewi Seniwati were arrested in the car park of a restaurant in Bali on May 7 after residents reported narcotic transactions in the area, police said.

Badung police chief Roby Septiadi said officers seized 223 grams (7.9 ounces) of marijuana from Kutsch and his partner.

British national Kenneth Daniel Kutsch, right, has a hotel business on Lombok island

Badung police said they also arrested Italian tourist Francesco D’Alesio for possession of 94 grams (3.2 ounces) of cocaine valued at 400 million rupiah (£19,000) on May 13.

Police said D’Alesio has been stranded on Bali because of the Covid-19 pandemic and has actively used cocaine during his stay.

“We are still investigating the large amount of evidence we have obtained to determine the source of the narcotics,” Badung police narcotic unit chief I Putu Budi Artama said.

Indonesia has extremely strict drug laws, and convicted dealers are sometimes killed by firing squad.

More than 150 people are currently on death row, mostly for drug crimes.

About one third of them are foreigners.

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