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Singapore Drops Drug Trafficking Charges Against Australian Journalist

Singapore's attorney general has dropped drug trafficking charges against an Australian television reporter.

Peter Lloyd's lawyer, Hamidul Haq, says the attorney general decided to drop the charges after sending him a letter arguing the Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalist was not a drug trafficker.

The lawyer did not say why the attorney general changed his mind.

Lloyd still faces other charges, with sentencing scheduled for December 2.

The New Delhi-based reporter was arrested in July while on vacation in Singapore, and charged with methamphetamine possession and consumption.

Singapore has some of the world's toughest drug laws, including a mandatory death penalty for anyone carrying more than 15 grams of heroin or 500 grams of marijuana.

Llyod's charge of consumption carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $14,700 fine.

The earlier drug trafficking charge carried a punishment of up to 20 years in prison and 15 cane strokes.

Singaporean authorities have released Lloyd from custody after he posted $60,000 bail.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.