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 […]

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 […]

Australian Police Testify for Death-Row Rush

DENPASAR Two top Australian police officers testified on Thursday that an Australian drug smuggler on death row in Bali was a minor player and should not be executed. Former Australian Federal Police commissioner Mick Keelty and current Deputy Commissioner Mike Phelan appeared at the Denpasar District Court to testify at the final appeal of drug […]

Bali Nine Drug Smuggler Files Final Appeal

DENPASAR Australian drug smuggler Scott Rush launched a final appeal on Friday against his death sentence, seeking 20 years to life in prison. Rush, 24, one of the so-called Bali Nine drug group, was convicted over an attempt in 2005 to smuggle 8.3 kilogrammes of heroin into Australia from Bali. “He wasn’t the organiser or […]