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Aussies busted in Bali: other offenders

MELBOURNE NIGHT CLUB ORGANISERS

Two former Melbourne nightclub promoters are being held in Bali over reported links to a cocaine trafficking operation.

The men have been named in media outlets as former Melbourne nightclub promoters William Cabantog, 35, and David Van Iersel, 38.

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THE BOOGIE BOARD BAG BUST

Schapelle Corby was convicted to 20 years in prison for importing marijuana into Bali in a boogie board bag in 2004. The Gold Coast beauty therapist returned home in 2017 - 12 years after she was sentenced. She served almost 10 years before being on parole for a further three years. Corby now shares her new life on Instagram to her 169K followers.

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FATAL ASSAULT OF BALI COP

Sara Connor, a mother of two from Byron Bay in NSW, was sentenced to four years in March after being found guilty of fatally assaulting Bali police officer Wayan Sudarsa in company with her British boyfriend David Taylor. Mr Sudarsa's battered body was discovered on Kuta Beach in the early hours of August 17, 2016. Prosecutors appealed her sentence and in May it was increased to five years. She continues to proclaim her innocence.

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BALI NINE

Ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were executed by firing squad on Indonesia's Nusakambangan island in April 2015 for their part in the 2005 plot to smuggle more than eight kilograms of heroin from Bali to Australia. Renae Lawrence has been the only member of the Bali Nine eligible to receive reductions on her 20-year jail term. The others - Martin Stephens, Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen, Michael Czugaj, Matthew Norman, Si Yi Chen and Scott Rush - are serving life sentences.

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MODEL IN TROUBLE

Model Michelle Leslie was deported from Bali in November 2005 after serving three months for ecstasy possession. After her arrest she said she had converted to Islam 18 months earlier and began covering her head. She emerged from prison wearing jeans and a tank top.

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TEEN WITH WHITE POWDER

Jamie Murphy, 18, walked free from a Bali police station in November 2016, after officers announced the white powder he was discovered with at the Kuta nightclub Sky Garden almost 48 hours earlier was a mixture of painkillers, caffeine, and cold medication. Police initially suspected the 1.6 grams of powder was heroin or cocaine - an offence that carries a maximum 12 years in prison.

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AUSTRALIAN SEX OFFENDER

In a case that highlighted the scourge of child sex tourism in Southeast Asian countries, Australian Robert Ellis was sentenced to 15 years prison in October 2016 for molesting at least 11 local girls. His trial heard the 70-year-old Victorian man abused the girls aged nine to 15 at his rented room in Tabanan, near Kuta, in exchange for gifts and money. He later wrote a letter saying he was acting under "God's law not man's".

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'BALI BOY'

A 14-year-old Australian found himself in police custody for two months in 2011 after being caught with 3.6 grams of marijuana, which he said he bought on Kuta Beach. Dubbed the "Bali Boy", because he could not be identified, the NSW teenager ended up serving his time at an immigration facility after the government intervened and ruled that Kerobokan prison was not suitable.

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