Rudd Presses Aussies’ Cases in Jakarta
Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd spoke with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono about the plight of Australian drug prisoners in Bali during a visit to Jakarta this week, The Bali Times understands.
The former Australian prime minister brought up the cases of three Australians on death row at Kerobokan Prison in Bali, Scott Rush, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, as well as a presidential pardon lodged by drug-smuggler Schapelle Corby, who is claiming psychological distress.
The death-row three are part of the Bali Nine group that attempted to smuggle 8.3 kilograms of heroin from Bali to Australia in 2005. Corby was arrested a year earlier after bringing 4.2 kilograms of marijuana into Bali from Australia.
It is understood that Rudd — who last September at the UN General Assembly in New York spoke with Indonesian officials about the Australians’ fate — discussed the prisoners’ situation with President Yudhoyono on Tuesday before departing for Bali to attend a regional people-smuggling conference.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard also spoke with President Yudhoyono about the cases during a trip to Jakarta last November.Filed under: Headlines