Singapore's Attorney-General has withdrawn a drug trafficking charge against ABC reporter Peter Lloyd, but he still faces four lesser charges, his lawyer said today.
Lloyd has expressed remorse and will plead guilty to some of the lesser charges, lawyer Hamidul Haq said.
He will be sentenced on December 2.
Hamidul said he had written to the Attorney-General's office arguing Lloyd was not a drug trafficker.
"The Attorney-General considered all the circumstances and after due process, they decided to withdraw the trafficking charge against Peter," he said after a pre-trial conference held behind closed doors.
"He does not face any trafficking charge now."
Hamidul said the trafficking charge was the most serious levelled against Lloyd, the South Asia correspondent for the ABC who was arrested while on holiday in Singapore on July 16.
Lloyd, who is out on bail, could have faced between five and 20 years behind bars and five to 15 strokes of the cane on conviction for trafficking.
He still faces one charge of being in possession of methamphetamine, also known as "ice", another charge of consuming the stimulant and two charges of possessing drug paraphernalia stained with methamphetamine and ketamine.
Ketamine is an anaesthetic that has become common at dance parties.
The consumption charge carries a jail term of 10 years, a $S20,000 ($20,000) fine, or both. The other charges are less serious.