An American is facing a life or death scenario on the Indonesian island of Bali. He was caught with 0.7 grams of marijuana over the 5-gram trafficking limit.
An American drug user who escaped Bali’s notorious Kerobokan jail before being recaptured was claimed Wednesday. He broke out of the facility because he faced extortion threats for hashish. He is now asking President Trump for help.
Christian Beasley, is awaiting sentencing after being caught in August with five grams of hashish. He made a break from the Indonesian resort island’s main prison with a fellow inmate after cutting a hole in the roof with a hacksaw.
After reportedly seeing the story on Fox News, President Trump is considering intervening to get 32-year-old Christian Beasley free. President Trump is aware that he has already faced grave danger.
President Trump Needs to Intervene
Beasley, who was recaptured after escaping custody at the Kerobokan penitentiary in Bali’s capital, first faced arrest in August when he attempted to pick up a package at the post office containing 5.7 grams of hashish. Beasley could be punished with four years to life.
Nevertheless, Indonesian authorities want him tried for trafficking. This is a far more serious charge than possession or use in the country, where cannabis is a category 1 drug alongside heroin and cocaine.
A verdict in Beasley’s case was due last Tuesday. However, the California-native had escaped the prison the previous day.
‘In jail they threatened me for protection money, that’s why I left,’ he said.
Beasley said he had permission from US authorities to use marijuana for an undisclosed medical condition.
‘I need rehab not four years or more in jail. please help me. in my country (it) is not a crime to use ganja – I have (a) licence,’ he shouted as he was escorted away by armed officers.
Senior Trump administration officials stated to Fox News that the President had seen the news reports about Beasley and wanted more information from Indonesian officials about “the charges and conditions of Beasley’s continued captivity.”
Beasley is Desperate for Help
Beasley has desperately pleaded with the press at a news conference. He stated he is a licensed medical marijuana patient at home. In addition, he only escaped prison because he had reason to believe he would be killed for not being able to pay the under-the-table protection. He states that inmates have threatened his life. As the press conference ended and Beasley yelled to reporters,
“I need help, I really need help … Please help me, please help me. In my country (it) is not a crime use ganja (marijuana).”
It was not clear how much jail time he is facing, but Indonesia has some of the world’s toughest drugs laws. Some trafficking cases have even included the death penalty. In Indonesia, offenders who test positive for a drug are considered users or “addicts”. On the other hand, those without traces of the respective drug in their body are assumed to be traffickers.
Finally, he was discovered in Lombok by authorities after attempting to reach out to his mother and sister via email.