Bali Nine Drug Smuggler Files Final Appeal

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Australian drug smuggler Scott Rush launched a final appeal on Friday against his death sentence, seeking 20 years to life in prison.

Rush, 24, one of the so-called Bali Nine drug group, was convicted over an attempt in 2005 to smuggle 8.3 kilogrammes of heroin into Australia from Bali.

“He wasn’t the organiser or the man behind this drug trafficking. He was only a courier. Therefore he doesn’t deserve a death sentence,” Rush’s lawyer, Frans Winarta, said.

Rush had a life sentence upgraded to death on appeal in 2006.

His defence team submitted testimonies from other Bali Nine convicts Renae Lawrence and Michael Czugaj, stating that Scott was a courier instead of the mastermind of the operation.

Lawrence, the only woman in the group, also acted as a courier and was given 20 years.

Five other Bali Nine members – Martin Stephens, Matthew Norman, Si Yi Chen, Michael Czugaj and Thanh Nguyen – are serving life sentences.

Two others – Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan – are on death row at Kerobokan Prison and are expected to lodge their final appeals later this year.

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2 Responses to “Bali Nine Drug Smuggler Files Final Appeal”

  1. Bob Wizeman, USA Says:

    While I believe in the death penalty for deadly crimes, I just don’t see it for a moronic teenager carrying that small amount of dope. He was gullible and got sucked into a deal that he could not get out of. If I were the judge, I’d order the firing squad to the ready, watch the kid pee his pants, and then release him, banned from Indonesia for life. They’ve already exacted a just toll on the kid and his parents, and frankly, had his dad used the end of his boot a little more often, maybe the kid would have grown up a bit more civil and humble as he now is from this experience.

  2. EUGENE TANO Says:

    I AM FROM NJ. USA–AND I SAY ALL DOPE SELLERS OR CARRIERS SHOULD GET SHOT– NO PRISON IT COSTS TAX MONEY—-ALSO USERS SHOULD BE PUT DOWN WITH A SUPER INJECTION—AS THE PLANET IS OVER POPULATED AND W E NEED THE SPACE– BANKER S WHO ALSO STEAL FROM THE PEOPLE SHOULD BE SHOT ALSO,

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