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Australians Accused of Smuggling Heroin on Trial in Bali

Three Australians went on trial Wednesday in Bali for allegedly trying to smuggle heroin from the resort island.

They are among nine Australians facing charges after the group was arrested in April. If convicted, they could be executed. Two other trials began Tuesday.

This is the latest in a string of high-profile drug cases involving Australians in Indonesia.

In May, Australian Schapelle Corby was sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges of smuggling marijuana onto the island. Her conviction angered some in Australia who say she is innocent or the sentence is too harsh.

Indonesia has some of the toughest drug laws in the world. Those convicted of possessing or distributing illegal drugs face sentences ranging from several years in prison to the death penalty.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.