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Australian wanted drug criminal faces Bali court on visa fraud allegations


Davidson is believed to have travelled to Indonesia on January 28 last year

An Australian man wanted in Perth on drug charges has faced a Bali court for allegedly claiming to be two different men in forged and stolen travel documents.

Shaun Edward Davidson, 30, was quiet and wore a white collared shirt when he arrived in Denpasar District Court onMonday, more than two months after he was arrested by immigration officials and taken into custody.

Prosecutor Ika Lusiana said officers first spoke to Dobson in February 29 while he was staying at Rabasta Beach Resort in Kuta.

The Western Australian allegedly claimed he was “Michael John Bayman” and presented a passport that showed a man who looked different to Dobson.

When immigration officials returned to his hotel the following day, they found that his visa – known as a KITAS – showed his photograph but was under the name “Eddie Lonsdale”.

The following month immigration officials allegedly discovered the serial number on the KITAS matched that of a man “Franklin Steven”.

Ms Lusiana told the court that upon being questioned Davidson had conceded the passport was not his, adding that he had found it in a hotel six months before.

He also allegedly confessed to paying a local forger 1.5 million rupiah ($A150) to create the false visa.

Davidson, who has been charged with using a fake or forged visa and using someone else’s immigration documents, could face up to seven years if convicted.

Davidson is believed to have travelled to Indonesia on January 28 last year – the same day he was due to appear at the Perth Magistrates Court on a number of drug offences, including possessing a prohibited drug with the intention to sell or supply.

An arrest warrant was issued on the same day.

He is currently being held in Bali’s notorious Kerobokan Prison.

His matter will return to court in July.

Source : WA Today

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