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Man Potentially Faces 5 Years Imprisonment For Using A Cellphone He Found On Bali Street

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A 54-year-old man named I Putu Sada will potentially face five years of imprisonment for using a cellphone that he had found on the street.

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The Head of the Marga Police Department, AKP I Gede Budiarta, confirmed that the suspect was arrested for intentionally using a cellphone he found on the street without notifying the owner.

“The suspect has been detained for not returning the cellphone that he found. He even removed the simcard from the phone,” AKP Budiarta said on Wednesday (22/12).

Man using cellphone

The victim, identified as I Made Adi Dharma Putra (aged 17), had tried to find some reeds for his cattle in Geluntung Village, Tabanan on October 20th 2021.

He spent a few hours collecting the reeds. When he got home at 11:30 am, he realized he had lost his cellphone, which he had put inside his pocket earlier in the morning.


As he became desperate to find his phone, the victim filed a report to the Marga police department. The police traced the cellphone’s location in the Payangan, Gianyar area.

When the police came to Sada’s home in Payangan, he admitted that he had found the cellphone but was unwilling to bring it back to the owner, so he changed the sim card. He is likely to face five years of imprisonment following Article 362 from the Indonesian Criminal Law’s Book.

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J West

Sunday 26th of December 2021

Once in Ubud, a brazen monkey snatched my hat, refusing to give it back. In fact he taunted me and the cheeky bugger handed it off to another. My outraged sense of justice leapt up the tree.


Sunday 26th of December 2021

So he get's 5 years for using a cellphone he found and didn't return yet an American women is released after serving 7 years for murdering her mother while staying at a resort in Bali. Indonesia has a draconian and corrupt justice system.


Sunday 26th of December 2021

Bali is a have drunk young bules lying on pavements, but you cannot allow decent tourists in???

Larry franklin

Sunday 26th of December 2021

Seems like Indonesia worries more about penny theft more then they do about locals ripping off westerners in land deals or going to jail for 6 months from making a religious wonder Indonesia in in such a chaos.lied about the 'we have no cases of the covid here'. Wake up Indonesia

Wayan Bo

Saturday 25th of December 2021

He was lucky that it was perhaps iPhone 5, by iPhone 13 it would be maybe 13 years of prison time.