Report of Bali boy deal could damage case

The lawyer for the Australian boy on trial in Bali says the teenager's chances of escaping a custodial sentence have been severely damaged by speculation he has sold his story.

The prosecution in the case will on Friday deliver its sentence request based on three drugs charges, including one which carries a maximum sentence of up to six years in prison.

Late last week, the boy's lawyer Mohammad Rifan had held out hope the judge would opt for the lightest option on the table, which would see the schoolboy undertake rehabilitation, most likely in Australia, and avoid a jail term.

However, there are now fears that could change after a newspaper report on Sunday suggested the boy's parents had sold their story to Australia's Nine Network for $300,000.

The rumour had been circulating in media circles for weeks but had not been reported until Sunday.

The Nine Network has categorically denied it has done a deal with the family of the 14-year-old, who is from Morisset Park near Newcastle in NSW.

"Almost all media offered us this (deal) or attempted to do so, but we don't want it," Mr Rifan told AAP on Monday.

He said the report on Sunday could affect the outcome of the case, including possibly resulting in the schoolboy doing a stint in jail.

"I'm worried that this issue would endanger the case. It could give bad impact not only to the parent, but also for the kid. We're not happy about the rumour."

"We have invited the parents (to explain) and the parent has said that there's never such deal," he said.

"It's impossible to have agreement without our knowledge. We have warned them that in Australia, such thing would be a crime. We are not allowed to gain any benefit from any criminal case."

The Year 9 student is facing three charges after allegedly being caught with 3.6 grams of cannabis when police swooped on him outside a supermarket near Kuta Beach on October 4.

His trial will resume on Friday, when the prosecution will deliver its sentence request.

It's possible the judge may deliver a verdict on the same day.

 

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