A British man says he could face up to 15 years in an Indonesian prison after being found with cannabis oil which he says he needed for. A British man who was arrested in Bali for possession of cannabis oil says he is now living a “terrible nightmare” and faces a jail term of up to. A British father facing up to 15 years in a Bali prison after being caught with liquid cannabis that he says helps with his arthritis has admitted his.
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A British man says he could face up to 15 years in an Indonesian prison after being found with cannabis oil which he says he needed for medical reasons. Pip Holmes, from Cornwall, was arrested for drug smuggling when he went to collect a package containing the oil. The year-old artist says he asked a friend to send it to him while he was living in Bali to help his arthritis.
Indonesia has very strict anti-drugs laws and frequently arrests foreigners on drug-related charges. He was detained on 3 December after going to pick up the package, sent from Thailand, which contained essential oil bottles with cannabis oil inside. After spending six days in a police cell, Mr Holmes was transferred to a police hospital rehabilitation facility as his lawyers argued he was a drug user - after he failed a drugs test - rather than a trafficker.
However, he is still facing a drug trafficking charge and was paraded in front of the cameras last week for what he calls a "very surreal and bizarre" news conference. He sat alongside four other men accused of drug smuggling, which can carry the death penalty in Indonesia. Despite reports that Mr Holmes could be facing that punishment, he says the small quantity of drugs found on him means that is not the case.
Speaking from the rehabilitation centre, where he is locked in a room and guarded by two men but has access to a phone, he told the BBC the press conference was "really harrowing". He said he doesn't feel like he is a criminal drug trafficker, but the Indonesian press are painting a picture of him along those lines. In the UK medicinal cannabis products can be legally prescribed to some patients after rules were relaxed earlier this year - although access is very limited.
The father of two, whose year-old son and eight-year-old daughter live in the UK with his ex-wife, has had arthritis for eight years and says it was caused by years of practising Thai boxing. Mr Holmes is no stranger to travelling - he spent time in Canada earlier this year, while he has a tattoo studio in Thailand - and he arrived in Bali at the end of October planning to spend a couple of months surfing and painting.
He says he is facing a sentence of between five to 15 years at Kerobokan prison in Bali - a place Mr Holmes calls "horrendous" and "terrifying". The BBC has been unable to confirm with the Indonesian authorities what sentence he might face. However at his next court date, expected to be in January, Mr Holmes is hoping to be classed as a marijuana addict and be eligible for a rehabilitation sentence.
A British father facing up to 15 years in a Bali prison after being caught with liquid cannabis that he says helps with his arthritis has admitted his actions were 'foolish and dumb.
Pip Holmes, 45, was arrested for drug smuggling after he went to collect a package from Thailand that contained 31g of medicinal THC oil poured into essential oil bottles. Holmes, an artist from Cornwall who is living in Bali, told the BBC that he had asked a friend to send him the cannabis oil because it helps with his arthritis.
He admits his actions were 'foolish and dumb' and that he was aware of the penalty he would face in Indonesia, which has extremely strict anti-drug laws and regularly arrests foreigners on drug-related offences. Pip Holmes, 45, was arrested for drug smuggling in Bali after he went to collect a package from Thailand that contained 31g of medicinal THC oil poured into essential oil bottles.
Pip Homes second from right was paraded by Balinese authorities last week alongside four others accused of drug smuggling. He was transferred to a police hospital rehabilitation facility after six days in a police cell after his lawyers argued he was a drug user as opposed to a trafficker.
Nevertheless, Holmes still faces a drug trafficking charge - which can carry the death penalty in Indonesia. But he is convinced that will not be the case because the amount of drugs he was caught with so was small.
He claims the 31g of cannabis that police reported he was found with included the weight of the essential oil bottles, which were 28g. Last week, he was paraded by Indonesian authorities along with four others accused of smuggling drugs in a press conference he described as 'bizarre' and 'harrowing.
He was pictured in a balaclava which was later removed alongside the four men - a Malaysian, a Peruvian, a German and a Chinese man. Relaxed rules mean that medical cannabis products can now be legally prescribed to some patients in the UK.
However, access remains limited. Holmes says he has had arthritis for eight years, which he claims was caused by years of Thai boxing. The avid surfer has two kids, an eight-year-old daughter and an year-old son, who live in the UK with his ex-wife. But despite knowing how strict Indonesia is about drugs, he took the risk. He arrived in October to spend a couple of months painting and surfing. I knew there were very strict laws but I chose to come here anyway because the surf is the best in the world,' he said.
Peruvian Jorge Rafael Gammara, left, and German national Frank Zeidler, right, are two of the five people accused of smuggling in Bali over the last two weeks by Indonesian police. Gammara, left, and Zeidler, right, are accused of smuggling drugs into Indonesia, which has very strict laws against such trafficking which could see them face the death penalty. Now, he fears he is facing a sentence of up to 15 years in Bali's notorious Kerobokan prison, which he describes as 'terrifying.
Foreigners are regularly caught trying to bring drugs into Bali, which draws millions of visitors annually. There are dozens of traffickers on death row in Indonesia, including a cocaine-smuggling British grandmother, an American caught with crystal methamphetamine, and several west African inmates sentenced to death for drug crimes.
High-profile cases like that of Australian Schapelle Corby, who spent more than nine years behind bars for smuggling marijuana into Bali, have stoked concern that Indonesia is becoming a destination for trafficked drugs. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline.
British father-of-two, 45, who faces 15 years in a Bali jail after smuggling in liquid cannabis 'to help with his arthritis' admits his actions were 'foolish and dumb' Pip Holmes, from Cornwall, was detained for drug smuggling on December 3 He was arrested after he went to collect a package contained 31g of THC oil He says he asked a friend to send him the oil because it helps with his arthritis By Khaleda Rahman For Mailonline Published: Homes was arrested on December 3 after going to pick up the package.
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Bali Briton arrested over cannabis oil admits being 'stupid' as he faces 15 years in jail
Pip Holmes: Brit arrested in Bali over cannabis oil 'for arthritis pain' claims he is facing up to 15 years in prison. A British man arrested in Bali for allegedly smuggling cannabis oil has he has been "very stupid" as he faces up to 15 years in an Indonesian prison. They say he could face a jail sentence of between five and 15 years but. A British arrested in Bali for allegedly smuggling cannabis oil has admitted he has been "very stupid" as he faces up to 15 years in prison.