Bali jail security chief on drug charges

21:38, Feb 17 2009

The security chief of a Bali prison where 11 Australians are serving time for drug offences has faced court for the first time over drug and ammunition charges carrying a maximum penalty of death by firing squad.

Mohammad Sudrajat appeared relaxed as prosecutor Suhadi (one word) read out the charges against him.

He was found guilty of the primary charge of possessing ammunition for a firearm without a licence. Sudrajat faces a maximum penalty of death and a minimum of 20 years in jail.

Secondary charges of possessing crystal methamphetamine (ice) carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison, while a further charge of being a drug addict without reporting to authorities carries a maximum of six months' jail.

The judges can decide which of the three charges to apply if they find Sudrajat guilty.

The 39-year-old father of four was arrested on September 8 on a Denpasar street allededly in possession of one packet of ice totalling 0.1 gram.

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A search of his house and office at Kerobokan prison allegedly yielded another 0.2 grams of ice and 50 bullets for a .22 firearm.

His lawyers lodged no objection to the prosecution indictment today.

The court immediately began hearing evidence from the arresting police officers.

At the time of his arrest, Sudjarat was head of security at Kerobokan where convicted Australian marijuana smuggler Schapelle Corby and the Bali Nine heroin smugglers are being held on sentences ranging from 20 years to death.

An eleventh Australian, airline executive Barry Hess, is completing a four month sentence for being a drug addict without reporting to authorities.

AAP