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Australian wants Indonesia death sentence reviewed

Australian wants Indonesia death sentence reviewed

An Australian on Indonesia's death row for drug smuggling appealed for a review of his sentence Friday.
The appeal by Scott Rush, one of nine Australians found guilty in April 2005 of attempting to smuggle 8.3 kilograms (18.3 pounds) of heroin into Australia from the resort island of Bali, was filed by his lawyers in the District Court in Bali's capital, Denpasar.
Six of the defendants, dubbed the "Bali Nine" by the Australian media, were sentenced to death. Two others were given life sentences, and one was sentenced to 20 years.
Rush, 25, and three others were initially given life sentences, but the Supreme Court changed them to death sentences in September 2006.
"The family, especially his mother hopes Scott could be given a lighter sentence," said Frans Hendra Winata, one of his lawyers.
He argued that Rush was just a courier like two other members _ Michael William Czugay and Renae Lawrence _ who were each sentenced to life and 20 years in jail.
Indonesia has extremely strict drug laws, and traffickers are regularly sentenced to death. More than 150 people are on death row, including more than 40 foreigners, mostly for drug-related crimes.


Updated : 2020-12-01 14:29 GMT+08:00