Bali Nine Pair May Be Spared Death: Report

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Two Australians on death row in Bali for drug smuggling may escape the death penalty, according to preliminary thoughts on their verdicts by judges in Jakarta, Australian media reported on Monday.

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are hoping their judicial review will result in their sentences being reduced to 20 years in prison by the Supreme Court. Fellow Bali Nine member Scott Rush is also awaiting a decision in his final appeal as he too sits on death row in Bali.

The trio were sentenced for their leading roles in a 2005 attempt to smuggle 8.3 kilograms of heroin out of Bali to Australia.

Australia’s Fairfax newspapers reported on Monday that judges considering Chan and Sukumaran cases have written that the death penalty should be reserved only for “the most serious crimes.”

They wrote: “Human rights constitute the most basic of rights inherent to man and is universal and eternal. Therefore, it must be protected, defended and must not be ignored, reduced, taken away by anyone.”

Other members of the gang are serving 20 years to life at Kerobokan Prison in Bali.

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