Australian Death Row Prisoner Converting to Islam
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.Filed under: Headlines