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Bizarre Bali drug boy parade

Boy in the mask ... the teenager charged with drug offences in Bali attends a press conference after moving jails yesterday. Photo: Hansel Nashyo
Boy in the mask ... the teenager charged with drug offences in Bali attends a press conference after moving jails yesterday. Photo: Hansel Nashyo Hansel Nashyo

THE 14-year-old boy facing drug charges in Bali spent last night with asylum seekers in an immigration detention centre after being suddenly shifted from his police cell following the intervention of Indonesia's Justice Minister.

Shielding his face from the cameras, the teenager wore a half balaclava, sunglasses and hat as he arrived at the facility at Jimbaran Bay, which has recently been rebuilt after asylum seekers burnt much of it down last year.

In bizarre scenes, the teenager from Morisset Park on Lake Macquarie was even required to attend a press conference where the move was explained, although he did not say anything and reporters were requested not to ask questions.

Taswem Taribh, the head of the Bali office of the Justice Ministry, said  the teenager had been moved in dramatic circumstances.

''After a brief, incognito visit from Minister of Justice and Human Rights Amir Syamsuddin earlier today to Kerobokan prison, [he decided] that the situation in Kerobokan was inhumane,'' Mr Taswem said. ''There's no more space, it's inhumane. He's a juvenile, and here the food is good, and he will also be able to play, like a young person.''

Read more at Brisbanetimes.com.au

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