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Newsline: Former Australian diplomat jailed in Indonesia

A former Australian diplomat turned expatriate businessman has been locked up in a Bali jail for two months over a property dispute with an Indonesian actor. Patrick Morris Alexander was arrested at his Jakarta home this week and brought to Bali after his appeal against a sentence backfired and his jail term was increased instead of decreased. The 62-year-old is now in Gianyar jail in Bali, where authorities say he will serve a two-month sentence after being convicted of the charge of unlawfully entering private property. He denies the charge. Details of the actual crime are murky and complicated, as are details of a previous jail stay in Jakarta for alleged embezzlement over funds for a coal venture. Police said he was convicted of fraud and money laundering offences, for which he was sentenced to three years and six months jail. Alexander always denied those charges. But his jail time was not over.



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