Australia Piles Pressure on SBY over Bali Prisoners

NUSA DUA Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd lobbied President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Bali on Thursday over convicted drug smuggler Schapelle Corby and fellow Australians on death row on the island. The former Australian premier pitched for a pardon for Corby, sentenced to a 20-year prison term in 2005 for smuggling 4.2 kilograms of marijuana […]

Bali Prison Chief and Ex Top Judge Plead for Bali Nine Lives

Jails Boss Says Indonesia Should Not Have Death Penalty DENPASAR A former long-serving judge at the Indonesian Supreme Court and the head of Kerobokan Prison in Bali have pleaded for the lives of two Australian men facing the firing squad, arguing that they have rehabilitated themselves and should not be executed. Former justice Yayha Harahap, […]

Death-Row Rush Awaits Verdict after Final Hearing Wraps

DENPASAR The Denpasar District Court finished reviewing on Monday an appeal by an Australian drug smuggler against his death sentence and will pass its recommendations to the country’s highest court. Scott Rush, a 24-year-old member of the so-called Bali Nine gang, is appealing his death sentence for a 2005 attempt to smuggle 8.3 kilogrammes of […]

Prosecutors Demand Death Be Upheld for Bali 9 Rush

DENPASAR Prosecutors argued before the Denpasar District Court on Monday that Australian Scott Rush, a member of the so-called Bali Nine drug-smuggling gang, should be executed no matter how small his part in the operation. They shot down testimony by former Australian Federal Police chief Mick Keelty last month that Rush was not a main […]

Death-Row Bali 9, Corby Clemency Petitioned in New York

NEW YORK Australia‚Äôs 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 […]

Death-Row Australians Make Final Move to Live

DENPASAR Two Australians on death row in Bali for their leading part in a drug-smuggling operation appeared before the Denpasar District Court on Tuesday in a desperate attempt to escape the firing squad. Andrew Chan, 26, and Myuran Sukumaran, 29 — part of the media-dubbed Bali Nine group — have filed judicial reviews of their […]