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1-year penalty sought for journalist in Indonesia drug case

  • British national and former news correspondent David Fox, left, sits in a court room during his trial in Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, March 2, 2017. Indonesian police arrested Fox during October 2016 for allegedly possessing hashish. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

    British national and former news correspondent David Fox, left, sits in a court room during his trial in Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, March 2, 2017. Indonesian police arrested Fox during October 2016 for allegedly possessing hashish. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)  (The Associated Press)

  • British national and former news correspondent David Fox, right, sits in a court room during his trial in Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, March 2, 2017.  Indonesian police arrested Fox during October 2016 for allegedly possessing hashish. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

    British national and former news correspondent David Fox, right, sits in a court room during his trial in Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, March 2, 2017. Indonesian police arrested Fox during October 2016 for allegedly possessing hashish. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)  (The Associated Press)

  • British national and former news correspondent David Fox stands in a cell before his trial in Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, March 2, 2017. Indonesian police arrested Fox during October 2016 for allegedly possessing hashish. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)

    British national and former news correspondent David Fox stands in a cell before his trial in Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, March 2, 2017. Indonesian police arrested Fox during October 2016 for allegedly possessing hashish. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)  (The Associated Press)

A prosecutor has sought a one-year jail sentence for a former Reuters war correspondent who is on trial in Indonesia on charges of possessing hashish.

David Fox, a British national, was arrested Oct. 8 along with Australian Giuseppe Serafino on the tourist island of Bali, where police confiscated a total of 10.09 grams (0.36 ounces) of hashish from Fox's clothing and house.

In her sentencing demand Thursday prosecutor Erawati Susina said the defendant was guilty of violating the country's 2009 law on narcotics.

However, she sought leniency due to Fox's politeness during the trial where he confessed and apologized for his mistake.

Indonesia has extremely strict drug laws and convicted smugglers are often executed. More than 150 people are on death row, mostly for drug crimes.