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Briton's lawyer grateful to judge for six year sentence

Julian Ponder's lawyer, Ary Sunardi, speaking to reporters after the verdict Credit: APTN

The Indonesian lawyer for Julian Ponder - one of the Britons convicted of drugs offences - has said the six-year prison sentence is "moderate" and that he is thankful for the judge's leniency.

Asked whether he would appeal, Ary Sunardi said he would need to consult with Mr Ponder and that he he will "strongly advise" him not to appeal.

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The four Britons involved in Bali drug offences case

British national Julian Ponder is appearing in court today for the verdict of his trial for drug offences in Bali.

He has been cleared of drugs smuggling but faces a lesser charge of possession, which carries a life sentence.

Julian Ponder will find out his fate today
Julian Ponder will find out his fate today Credit: ITV News

Ponder is the last of four Britons to be sentenced after Lindsay Sandiford - a 56-year-old grandmother from Cheltenham - was arrested for smuggling cocaine into Bali last year.

Last week, she was sentenced to death although prosecutors had asked for a 15-year jail sentence.

Lindsay Sandiford
Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death after being found guilty of drug trafficking. Credit: Reuters

Read: Surprise death sentence for British grandmother convicted of smuggling drugs in Indonesia

In December, Ponder's partner Rachel Dougall was cleared of being involved in an alleged international drug trafficking ring in Bali, but found guilty of drug possession, and sentenced to one year in prison.

Rachel Dougall with her translator in a Bali court in December
Rachel Dougall with her translator in a Bali court in December

Read: British mother sentenced to one year for drug possession

In the same month, 40-year-old Brit Paul Beales was sentenced to four years in prison for possessing drugs

Paul Beales escorted by a policeman as he arrived for a court appearance
Paul Beales escorted by a policeman as he arrived for a court appearance Credit: Reuters

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Briton arrives at Bali court to face drug charge

Julian Ponder has arrived at a court in Bali to learn his fate. The British man was cleared of drugs smuggling but faces a lesser charge of possession, which carries a life sentence.

Julian Ponder arrives at court in Bali. Credit: RTV

Ponder is one of three Britons detained after Lindsey Sandiford - a 56-year-old grandmother from Cheltenham who has since been sentenced to death - was arrested for smuggling cocaine into Bali last year.

British man Julian Ponder faces Bali drug case verdict

British national Julian Ponder will learn his fate today after being accused of drugs offences in Bali. Ponder was cleared of drugs smuggling but faces a lesser charge of possession, which carries a life sentence.

He was one of three Britons detained after Lindsey Sandiford - a 56-year-old grandmother from Cheltenham - was arrested for smuggling cocaine into Bali last year.

An Indonesian court is due to deliver its verdict in the case of British man Julian Ponder who is accused of drugs offences. Credit: ITV News

Earlier this month Lindsey Sandiford was sentenced to death after being found guilty of drug trafficking. The cocaine she smuggled was reportedly worth around £1.6 million. Ms Sandiford has launched an appeal.

In December Ponder's partner - and fellow Brit - Rachel Dougall was cleared of being involved in an alleged international drug trafficking ring in Bali, but found guilty of drug possession, and sentenced to one year in prison.

In the same month 40-year-old Brit Paul Beales was sentenced to four years in prison for possessing drugs.

Read: Surprise death sentence for British grandmother convicted of smuggling drugs in Indonesia

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