HOPES have risen that an Australian teenager arrested for drug possession in Bali will avoid a jail term and be ordered to undergo rehabilitation instead.
Police have confirmed to AAP they are now more likely to deal with the boy under article 128 of Indonesia's narcotics laws.
The crucial development came as a psychiatrist who interviewed the boy on Friday presented his report to the teenager's legal team, also recommending that he not be sent to prison.
Bali Police drugs squad chief Mulyadi said that while the investigation was ongoing, he suggested it was now more likely the boy would avoid a jail term.
"Since he's a minor, he is a user and so, we believe article 128 is the most appropriate way," he told AAP.
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