Indonesian court sentences former war reporter to seven months in drug trial

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 March, 2017, 6:11pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 09 March, 2017, 6:13pm

An Indonesian court has sentenced a former Reuters war correspondent to seven months in prison for possessing hashish. The sentence announced in Bali on Thursday was less than the one-year prison term sought by prosecutors.

British national David Fox was arrested October 8 along with Australian Giuseppe Serafino on the tourist island, where police confiscated a total of 10.09 grams of hashish from Fox’s clothing and house.

Fox, 55, worked for Reuters for 20 years but was fired in 2011 for making an off-colour remark in an instant-messaging system while covering the 2011 Japan tsunami and nuclear reactor meltdowns.

He told Indonesian police he used the drug to overcome stress caused by covering conflicts.