Australian Death Row Prisoner Converting to Islam

KEROBOKAN

An Australian on death row at Kerobokan Prison for his part in the so-called Bali Nine drug-smuggling gang is converting from Christianity to Islam, and has had a secret circumcision at the jail.

Authorities at the prison are said to be annoyed that the procedure – required for males under Islam – was performed on Scott Rush without their knowledge last Friday by a Muslim group.

Rush, 24, was quoted by Australian media this week as telling the prison doctor, Agung Hartawan: “This is my right and I just want to know about Islam. I want to learn about Islam.”

Rush was arrested at Ngurah Rai International Airport on February 2006, with heroin packets found strapped to his body. He is preparing to file a final appeal against his death sentence.

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3 Responses to “Australian Death Row Prisoner Converting to Islam”

  1. Yos Says:

    I think it’s just sad! I’m an Indonesian and have
    lived in bali all of my life, to see that the only way
    to escape death is to convert to Islam is just wrong.
    It just shows Indonesias law is based on a religiouse system,
    rather then the justice system. If it’s based on a religiouse system there is no such thing as a fair trial.
    That explains why terrorists get less punishment then drug dealers, cause they base their actions on religion. If Indonesia does not change, it can never grow.

  2. kadek Says:

    AGREE WITH U YOS. A MURDERER CAN GO TO PRISON FOR JUST A FIEW YERS JAIL THEN GO FREE, IT’S STEUPID LAW, WE HAVE SO MANY DEATH CRIMES AND RAPES INCLUDING ABUSED TO CHILD IN BALI AND INDO AND THEY ONLY FACED SHORT AMOUNT OF JAIL AND THEN LIVE A FREE LIFE . DASAR INDO

  3. Kay Danes Says:

    I personally don’t believe that by converting to Islam will specifically enable anyone on death row for a crime, to evade a death sentence, after all, many people have been executed already who are of Islamic Faith.

    I hope that the Indonesian President however, will show a measure of mercy to Scott Rush. NOT because he is a foreigner and NOT because of his religious views either way. But because he is genuinely remorseful for doing what he did. I believe that as a teenager he made a stupid mistake that was an accumulation of events in his life. But he is redeemable and I think that he has learned a very valuable lesson and if given a chance, he could be someone who could tell other young people not to make the same mistakes and poor choices that he made which led him to death row!

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