Crowdfunding for Pip Holmes after Bali cannabis oil arrest

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

The family of a British man arrested in Bali for allegedly smuggling cannabis oil have launched a crowdfunding page to raise $100,000 (£80,000) for legal fees in an attempt to keep the father-of-two out of prison.

Pip Holmes, reportedly a 45-year-old artist from Cornwall, was one of five foreigners paraded at a news conference last week in Denpasar, the capital of the Indonesian province.

His family said he could face a jail sentence of between five and 15 years but were hoping he could instead serve a short spell in a rehabilitation centre before being deported to the UK.

Pip Holmes
Pip Holmes

Indonesian police said he received nearly 31kg of cannabis oil in the mail and could face the death penalty if convicted.

Mr Holmes - whose website says he "lives in south east Asia" but is understood to have connections with Cornwall and has lived in London - admitted he was "very stupid", claiming he was caught with just 3g of medicinal THC oil to treat his arthritis.

Indonesia has strict drug laws and dozens of convicted smugglers are on death row.

The Foreign Office said staff were "assisting a British man following his arrest in Bali, and are in contact with his family, lawyer and the Indonesian authorities".