Rudd Presses Aussies’ Cases in Jakarta

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.

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3 Responses to “Rudd Presses Aussies’ Cases in Jakarta”

  1. Mark Ulyseas Says:

    It appears Mr.Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard seem awfully concerned about the fate of their citizens who were caught smuggling drugs. I am touched by this show of concern for the drug smugglers. But not convinced that they should get clemency. Why? If Indonesia favors these drug smugglers in any manner then such action would have to apply to ALL other incarcerated drug smugglers. Further Indonesia could and would appeal to the Australian Govt. on Indonesians in Oz jails.

    The suggestion/requests by Rudd and Gillard are “noble” but could be miscontrued as an infringement on the sovereingity of the democratic republic of Indonesia.
    It is also shameful that the Prime Minsiter and Foreign Minister of Australia are pleading the cases of their citizens who are convicted drug smugglers!

    It is well known in diplomatic circles that the two countries are forging closer ties in many fields and so an irresponsible media response could jeopardize these positive developments.(It has been said in the past that Australian police have alerted their counterparts in this country on drugs being smuggled into Indonesia. If this is true then it is a heartening development and we hope this connection between the two law enforcement agencies continues to keep a check on illegal activities that are tragically destroying families and lives in paradise and in Oz).

    Sense and insensibility are the paradoxes in paradise where death lurks in the palm of a drug peddler and Life in the words – just say no to drugs.

  2. Tim Says:

    There are 12.000 Indonesians in aussie jails and some of them are convicted of much worse crimes and yet have lighter sentences then the Aussies in Bali. 12.000 prisoners to look after is alot of Aussie tax dollars. In the case of Corby her trial did not seem like a fair one (did not testing of the evidence ect) and their was way too much reasonable doubt, it is only fair that the Aussie government lobby for her release.

  3. milton Says:

    es obvio que fue un castigo ejemplarizante el de Corby, cuando van a hacer algo para liberar a esta muchacha, ya pasaron 6 años, no les parece sufieciente por lo que paso ya, cuanto es la pena por matar a alguien, en mi pais, no llega a 10 años , ustedes por un supuesto trafico que dudo que sea cierto la van a retener 20 años?
    es una falta de respeto a la inteligencia de la especie, nos subestiman, no somos tontos, sabemos que saben de otros que si son narco y no los castigan , dejen vivir a esta muchacha

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