Australian Drug Convict Weds in Prison
A member of the so-called Bali Nine gang of Australian drug smugglers married his Indonesian girlfriend in Kerobokan Prison on Monday.
Martin Stephens, 34, is serving a life sentence for his role in a 2005 attempt to smuggle 8.3 kilos of heroin from Bali to Australia.
His marriage to divorcée Christine Puspayanti, also 34 and a mother of one, who met Stephens six years ago while visiting prisoners as part of religious work, was held at a church on the prison grounds, prison chief Siswanto said.
Attending the ceremony were family and friends, including members of the Bali Nine, three of whom are on death row.
Dressed in traditional Javanese wedding costumes, the couple danced to romantic music before Stephens scooped his bride up in his arms and carried her to cut a three-tiered cake during the reception, to cheers and wolf-whistles.
“I feel so happy,” Stephens told reporters, adding that he was planning to seek a presidential pardon.
“Of course I’m sure it will come true,” he said of his chances.
His new bride said was ecstatic.
“I’m really happy today. God has united us… Who knows, if God wills it, he may be able to leave (prison),” she said.
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