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Woman faces year in prison

The Herald Sun, 8th July 2006

PROSECUTORS have sought a year's imprisonment for an Australian woman on trial on Indonesia's resort island of Lombok for allegedly buying marijuana, court officials said today.

The recommendation for Barbara Kathleen Higgs, 43, was made during a hearing yesterday, said a court magistrate who identified himself only as Kemin.

"Prosecutors said testimony from witnesses showed that the defendant possessed marijuana at the time of her arrest," Kemin said

Ms Higgs, a registered foreign resident on the island, was arrested in February at a hotel she co-owns at the beach resort of Senggigi.

Police seized almost 50g of cannabis and two small bags of seeds.

The trial was adjourned until next Wednesday, when Ms Higgs will enter a plea.

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