An accountant and one-time federal election candidate facing
drug charges in Indonesia has been rushed to hospital after being
paraded before the media.
Isaac Emmanuel Roberts, 35, was arrested following his arrival
in Bali from Bangkok on December 4.Hes accused of carrying 19 grams
of amphetamine and ecstasy pills in his luggage.
On Tuesday, Bali police paraded Roberts, dressed in orange
prison garb and a balaclava, to journalists.
He was later taken hospital, after being shocked by the media
He got sick. He was shocked after the press conference today.
Maybe he never thought that he will be in the press conference, his
lawyer Deni Sedana told The Daily Telegraph.
Earlier, Roberts had angrily suggested hed been set up by
I was invited to this country. I was working with a Customs
officer and they knew I was going to bring something, he said.
Im just a f***ing addict, they want to waste their resources on
addicts. They want to punish addicts, this is ridiculous. What
about the f***ing importers? I wasnt going to sell it to anyone
here, no one was going to use it here.
Indonesian customs officials claimed the drugs were hidden in a
plastic bottle and another container in his luggage.
Based on the results of the inspection, our officers found five
packages containing clear crystals weighing 19.97 grams and 14
tablets weighing a total of 6.22 grams, Bali Airport customs office
chief Himawan Indrajono said in a statement.
An accountant formerly based in Brisbanes Fortitude Valley,
Roberts business website hasnt been updated since 2015 when he
faced the professional conduct tribunal of Chartered Accountants
Australia and New Zealand.
The tribunal decided on November 15 of that year that Roberts
had failed to reply to correspondence, issuing him with a reprimand
and fining him $3100.
He also unsuccessfully ran for former Liberal treasurer Peter
Costellos Victorian seat of Higgins in 2009 as a Liberal Democratic
The seat was won by current federal government minister Kelly
There are concerns Roberts could face execution in Bali if
convicted of drug trafficking.
In 2015, convicted traffickers and Sydney men Andrew Chan, 31,
and Myuran Sukumaran, 35 were executed by firing squad.
They had been arrested in 2005.
The executions strained relations between Jakarta and Canberra
and prompted Australia to temporarily recall its ambassador in
Indonesia is facing a drug crisis with an estimated 6.4 million
drug users in a country of 250 million people.