Bali Nine members asking to have their life sentences reduced to 20 years in Kerobokan jail to be walk free in 2025. Australians Matthew Norman, 33, and Si Yi Chen, 35, lodged their ninth application for clemency from Bali’s infamous Kerobokan jail. The pair were sentenced to life in prison after a failed drug smuggling plot to move 8.3kg of heroin from Bali to Australia in 2005.
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Previous appeals from the men, who were only 18 and 20 during the smuggling plot, remain ignored but the pair hope to walk free from jail in 2025.The head of Bali’s regional corrections division, Mr Suprapto, is supporting their applications.This is the ninth request so people who read it might feel pity when they consider the application and are making a decision. If someone has asked for forgiveness several times, do you not forgive him?’ Mr Suprapto said.Mr Suprapto explained his power did not extend beyond helping with the requests.We can only help to submit an application and make recommendations, but the decision remains with the president,’ he said.
The appeal has been forwarded to the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights and will then be reviewed and sent to the co-ordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs.It will then be submitted to the Ministry of State Secretariat for Indonesian President Joko Widodo to make a decision.The two men, who grew up in Sydney’s west, are active in the prison community and liked by many guards.Mr Yulius Sahruzah, a warden at Kerobokan jail, said Norman teaches English and crafting while Chen is engaged in silversmithing.In my opinion, Norman and Si Yi Chen deserve to receive reduced sentences. Both have been sentenced to a minimum of five years as one of the requirements. Both are active in various activities in prison,’ he said.
Renae Lawrence, who served 13 years in Bali’s Bangli jail, pleaded with the Indonesian president in February to deliver clemency to the five Bali Nine members who remain in jail.
The other three Bali Nine members behind bars include Michael Czugaj, Martin Stephens and Scott Rush, who sent an emotional letter begging to have his sentence cut to 20 years last December.
Bali nine members asking clemency
Source : https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/