A TEENAGE Australian boy arrested in Bali has told police he was coerced into buying drugs from a dealer who approached him, his lawyer says.
The 14-year-old has now been interviewed a second time after his legal team complained police had broken Indonesian rules for dealing with child suspects by not allowing the boy's parents to be present during his initial interrogation on Tuesday night.
It is understood that it was during the course of his initial interrogation that the boy allegedly told police about buying the equivalent of about $25 worth of marijuana from a dealer on Kuta Beach.
His lawyer Mohammad Rifan said that the boy has now said during the second interview that he bought the drugs.
But he has also told police that he was talked into the deal by a man who approached him.
“He was persuaded by the drug seller,” Mr Rifan told AAP by text today after meeting with the boy and his family in Denpasar.
The teenager, who was on holidays with his parents and staying in the luxury resort area of Legian, was with a friend when he was arrested on Tuesday afternoon allegedly with 3.6 grams of marijuana.
The year-nine student, from Morisset Park south of Newcastle, had been due to fly home to Australia tomorrow after a week-long holiday in Bali.
He now remains in custody at Bali's police headquarters, and faces the possibility of spending up to six years in prison in Indonesia if convicted of possession.
Mr Rifan said it was still possible the boy could be released into the custody of his parents while police continued their investigation, even if charges were laid and the case went to trial.
“We still negotiate with authorities at this time,” he said when asked about the possibility of the teenager being released into the custody of his parents.
The development came after Australia's ambassador to Indonesia Greg Moriarty today made a mercy dash to Bali from Jakarta to meet with the boy and his family.
Mr Moriarty, who met with the boy and his parents for more than an hour today, said they were “under a great deal of stress”.
“I have assured them that my top priority in the days ahead would be to work to support them and the boy to ensure that he can return to Australia as quickly as possible,” he told reporters on the steps of the narcotics squad office at police headquarters in Bali.
“I am also very conscious that the boy and his family are under a great deal of stress, although I have no specific concerns about his health or welfare at this stage.”
“He's a robust young man but he is under incredible stress.”
In Australia, Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd again warned that resolving the matter would take time, adding that it would be dealt with in a very disciplined and careful way.
“I've said to Ambassador Moriarty and to our consul-general that for the mission, for our post, this is the highest priority for the period ahead and we'll be pulling out all the stops,” Mr Rudd said.
“As I said this will take some time and there is no guarantee of success.”
“I'll be doing everything in my power to try and get him home.”