A PROSECUTOR has sought a one-year jail sentence for a British former war correspondent on trial on charges of possessing hashish.

David Fox, who worked for US news agency Reuters, was arrested on October 8 along with Australian Giuseppe Serafino on the tourist island of Bali.

Police confiscated a total of 10.09g (0.36oz) of hashish from Fox's clothing and house.

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In her sentencing demand, 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 apologised 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.