Aussie veteran released after 'traumatic' Bali medicine bungle

An Air Force veteran has walked free after five days in Bali police custody for bringing medication on his holiday without a doctor's note.
Michael William Petersen said officers became "like friends" during his time behind bars but held back tears when asked about the conditions.
"It was awful for me, very traumatic, I can't say much more because I don't want to break down but I'd like to now move on and enjoy some time with my wife," Mr Petersen said.



Michael William Petersen gives his wife Linda jewellery on her birthday while in custody in Bali. (Supplied)
The couple's trip to the holiday island was supposed to be a surprise to mark wife Linda's birthday.
It's understood lawyers secured Mr Petersen's release by obtaining his prescription and medical records from Australia.
The 47-year-old had declared he was carrying Dexamfetamine when touching down at Denpasar Airport but was detained when he failed to present a doctor's certificate or prescription.
Linda Petersen embraces her husband Michael who is currently behind bars. (Twitter/Renae Henry)
Customs officers were also suspicious because the father, from Raymond Terrace in New South Wales, had 87 tablets for just a four day trip.
Mr Petersen takes the medication for extreme fatigue suffered following his 24 years in the Air Force, but the substance is considered one of the most serious types of narcotic in Indonesia.
"Go onto the Smart Traveller website," Mr Petersen warned.
"I normally do and this is the first time I haven't but definitely do it because it's not worth the trouble."

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