Trial of Briton accused of Bali drug smuggling begins

One of the Britons accused of attempting to smuggle £1.6 million of cocaine into Bali has started his trial in Indonesia today.

Paul Beales, who faces a maximum of 20 years in jail, and fellow Brits Julian Ponder, Rachel Dougall and Lindsay June Sandiford, along with Indian national, Nanda Gophal, were detained after Indonesian police and custom officials allegedly found 4.8kg of the drug in Sandiford's suitcase.

In May, Mr Beales told our China correspondent Angus Walker, he was "only meant to pick the lady (Lindsay June Sandiford) up".

Mr Beales's trial will continue on September 24.