Bali Nine Drug Smuggler Files Final Appeal
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.Filed under: Headlines