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Bali Australians now face death

 

Indonesia's Supreme Court has increased the sentences for four Australians convicted of drug smuggling in Bali to the death penalty, officials said.

 

The four men were part of the so-called Bali Nine group convicted of trying to smuggle heroin to Australia. The sentences were increased after prosecutors appealed against a reduction in their lengthy prison terms in April, court officials said.

 

This means that six of the group are now facing the death penalty. Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said an appeal for clemency would be made "at the appropriate time". "I have no idea whether those appeals will be successful or not," he said.

 

'Retried'

 

The so-called Bali Nine were arrested in April 2005 after trying to smuggle more than 8.3kg (18lb) of heroin from Indonesia to Australia. Some were detained at Bali's airport with heroin strapped to their bodies while others were arrested in a nearby hotel room. Two men said to be the ringleaders were sentenced to death in February this year.

 

Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen, Si Yi Chen and Matthew Norman were all given life terms which were then reduced to 20 years in April.

 

But the Supreme Court imposed the death penalty after an appeal by prosecutors against the reduction, a more severe penalty than the prosecutors had requested. "The Supreme Court has granted appeals by the prosecutors and retried the cases on its own, resulting in death sentences for the three," Zarof Ricar, director of criminal justice at the Supreme Court, told Reuters news agency.

 

It also imposed the death penalty for a fourth man, Scott Rush, who was previously given a life sentence, Mr Ricar said. Lee Rush, the father of Scott Rush, said he was astonished at the death sentence. "I'm stunned. I'm quite dumbfounded about the decision, totally out of the blue," he said.

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I think I'd take the death penalty over life in one of those jails tbh. Read a book called The Damage Done about a bloke's 12 years in a Thai prison and it sounded about as bad as it gets. I assume prisons in Bali are similar.

 

Canny harsh though - an appeal against a reduction in sentences results in the sentence being increased to the death penalty.

 

Having said that, anyone smuggling drugs into those sort of places knows the consequences.

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They were smuggling them out :good: I take your point though. Strange that the sentence is even stronger than that which the appealing prosecutors had requested. Also, smack is one of the most damaging drugs, on several levels.

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I think I'd take the death penalty over life in one of those jails tbh.  Read a book called The Damage Done about a bloke's 12 years in a Thai prison and it sounded about as bad as it gets.  I assume prisons in Bali are similar.

 

Canny harsh though - an appeal against a reduction in sentences results in the sentence being increased to the death penalty.

 

Having said that, anyone smuggling drugs into those sort of places knows the consequences.

194079[/snapback]

 

 

I've read that, can't remember much about it other than it being horrific in them jails. Wsa the Jail called the 'Big Tiger'?

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I think I'd take the death penalty over life in one of those jails tbh.  Read a book called The Damage Done about a bloke's 12 years in a Thai prison and it sounded about as bad as it gets.  I assume prisons in Bali are similar.

 

Canny harsh though - an appeal against a reduction in sentences results in the sentence being increased to the death penalty.

 

Having said that, anyone smuggling drugs into those sort of places knows the consequences.

194079[/snapback]

 

Very true, and every fucker who comes into this country attempting or with an intention to blow up British people knows they will stand a good chance of getting away with it too, and be defended by do-gooders and appeasers unless they are caught in the act of doing it almost, and if they get lucky they might even get a free house and a few hundred quid a week or so for doing nowt - courtesy of me and you, if they aren't.

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They were grassed up by the Aussie police who had them arrested at Ngurah Rai rather than wait for them to come into OZ

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I think I'd take the death penalty over life in one of those jails tbh.  Read a book called The Damage Done about a bloke's 12 years in a Thai prison and it sounded about as bad as it gets.  I assume prisons in Bali are similar.

 

Canny harsh though - an appeal against a reduction in sentences results in the sentence being increased to the death penalty.

 

Having said that, anyone smuggling drugs into those sort of places knows the consequences.

194079[/snapback]

 

Very true, and every fucker who comes into this country attempting or with an intention to blow up British people knows they will stand a good chance of getting away with it too, and be defended by do-gooders and appeasers unless they are caught in the act of doing it almost, and if they get lucky they might even get a free house and a few hundred quid a week or so for doing nowt - courtesy of me and you, if they aren't.

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How relevant :good:

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