The court hearing for accused Greek Australian drug smuggler Michael Sacatides continued in Bali on Tuesday.

Mr Sacatides appeared in the Denpasar District Court on Tuesday, January 11, a spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said. Consular officers in Bali are providing Mr Sacatides with ongoing consular assistance.

They have visited him regularly in prison, including most recently on Wednesday, January 5.

They attended Tuesday’s court hearing, as well as previous court appearances on December, 20, 2010 and January 5, 2011. Consular officers in Bali and Canberra have been in regular contact with Mr Sacatides’ family.

The 43 year old kickboxing instructor, who has been living in Thailand for the past two years, has denied that the 1.7 kilograms of crystal methamphetmine found in his suitcase at Bali international airport on October 1, belonged to him.

Mr Sacatides faces a sentence ranging from five years jail to the death penalty if convicted. His next and fourth hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 18.