Bali boy to be freed

THE 14-year-old Australian boy caught with cannabis in Bali will be released from detention later today and is expected to arrive back in Sydney early tomorrow.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said the teenager's family had asked for details of his return to remain private, but it was ''welcome news'' that the boy was hours from freedom.

"The family would prefer that details of his travel arrangements and release from custody remain private," a spokeswoman said.

Before he boards a plane, however, the teenager will have to make a brief stop at the notorious Kerobokan jail where he will be required to be formally fingerprinted. He is then expected to be transported to Denpasar airport and held at an immigration detention cell before boarding an overnight flight.

Australian consular officials would continue to provide the boy and his family with a high-level of assistance until they depart Indonesia, the spokeswoman said.

It it unclear how the boy will readjust on his return. The teenager was caught on October 4 outside a massage parlour in Bali's popular Kuta Beach area with 3.6 grams of cannabis in his pocket.


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