Death-Row Bali 9, Corby Clemency Petitioned in New York
Australia’s new foreign minister and deposed prime minister, Kevin Rudd, has raised the issue with his Indonesian counterpart of three of the Bali Nine group of drug traffickers who are on death row.
The high-level revelation came from the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly currently under way in New York.
During talks with Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, Rudd also discussed the plight of convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby, his office confirmed without providing further details.
Australia does not have capital punishment and opposes the death penalty in cases where its citizens are facing execution overseas.
The Australian Federal Police have come under intense criticism at home for tipping off Bali Police about the Bali Nine, leading to their arrest in Bali, where three were sentenced to death.
Final appeals of two death-row inmates, Andrew Chan, 26, and Myuran Sukumaran, 29, opened in Denpasar this week while that of Scott Rush, 24, got under way last month.
The men were found guilty along with six others – who are serving 20 years to life in prison – for attempting to smuggle 8.3 kilograms from Bali to Australia in April 2005.
Chan and Sukumaran, and earlier Rush, pleaded this week for their lives, saying they had been “stupid.”
Indonesia carries out death sentences by firing squad.
Corby, 33, is serving 20 years at Kerobokan Prison for smuggling 4.2 kilograms of marijuana into Bali in 2004.
The former beautician student has lost all appeals up to the Supreme Court and including a judicial review of her case and in April this year filed a plea with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on the grounds that she is mentally ill.
A petition for clemency usually means the prisoner admits their guilt.Filed under: Headlines