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9 AUSTRALIAN'S ARRESTED IN BALI - APRIL 2005
Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families of these young Australians currently on
death row, and to those with life sentences. We encourage our members to write letters of
support. We urge you to remember that the families of these young people are suffering
and we hope that there will be mercy shown by Indonesian Authorities, in the interest of
upholding Article 3 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights - Everyone has the right to life,
liberty and security of person.
9 Australians Arrested in Bali
NINE Australians arrested in a Bali heroin bust will face a firing squad if convicted of trying to smuggle drugs out of Indonesia into Australia, the head of the island's police anti-drugs squad said today.
Australian consular officials said it was "by far" the largest number of drug-related detentions of Australians ever in Indonesia.
Indonesian investigators said a total of 11.25kg of heroin had been seized.
The Australians – eight men and one woman – were arrested by Indonesian authorities last night following an Australian Federal Police (AFP) operation dating back to February.
Five were arrested at Bali airport while waiting for a flight to Sydney.
Four were held at the departure lounge allegedly with bags of heroin strapped to their bodies, Colonel Bambang Sugiarto, the head of the island's police anti-drugs squad, said.
A fifth man – the alleged 21-year-old Sydney drug ring boss nicknamed the "Godfather" – was pulled off the Australian Airlines plane with no drugs and later protested his innocence when paraded before reporters.
WHO ARE THE BALI NINE
Myuran Sukumaran Sentenced to Death by Firing Squad 14th February 2006 |
The 24 year-old from Auburn in Sydney was found in the Melasti bungalows on Bali's Kuta Beach where two bags of heroin weighing 350 grams and five mobile phones were found. He had also visited Bali on October 4, 2004.
Andrew Chan Sentenced to Death by Firing Squad 14th February 2006 |
Police arrested Andrew Chan on an Australian Airlines plane at Denpasar airport and seized three mobile phones and a boarding pass from him. The 21-year-old Sydney man had made a previous visit to Bali on October 16, 2004.
Martin Stephens Sentenced to Life in Prison 14th February 2006 |
"First, let me say how sorry I am that I have shamed Bali and the Balinese
people. This was never my intention," Martin Stephens.
The 29-year-old Wollongong former barman was detained at Denpassar airport
in Bali with less than 3 kilograms of heroin allegedly strapped to his
body. This was Martin Stephens' first trip to Bali. Martin has no prior
criminal record and claims he was shown photos of his family when the
threats were made against him. He was told that his girlfriend would be
killed if he pulled out of the drug operation. Martin in being represented
by Indonesian Lawyers Miss Anggia Browne and Mr. Wirawan Adnan.
Renae Lawrence Sentenced to Life in Prison 13th February 2006 |
The only female of the Bali Nine, 27-year-old Renae Lawrence of Wallsend,
Newcastle was allegedly found with three packets of heroin weighing 2.689
kilograms strapped to her body. She had visited Bali on two other
occasions, on October 16, and November 5, 2005. Renae was apparently
desperate for money and had large debts. Renae in being represented by
Indonesian Lawyer Miss Anggia Browne.
Scott Rush Sentenced to Life in Prison 13th February 2006 |
One of three from Brisbane, the 19-year-old was arrested with 991 grams of heroin attached to his back, and 444 grams strapped to his right leg. This was the first time Rush had been to Bali. His parents Lee and Christine were the first to arrive after the arrests. In between his interrogations, he has been studying Indonesian.
Michael Czugaj Sentenced to Life in Prison 14th February 2006 |
"I am truly sorry and regret all that has happened," says Michael.
Police detained 19-year-old Czugaj, also from Brisbane with 1.06 kilograms
of heroin stuck to his back. He had 433 grams attached to his right thigh,
and 428 grams on his left thigh. This was also his first trip to Bali.
Czugaj collapsed and wept uncontrollably in his mother's arms when she
arrived at the prison to visit him. Michael Czugaj told his parents he was
in Cairns on holiday. He has been described as a problem child but "not a
Matthew Norman Sentenced to Life in Prison 15th February 2006 |
The 18-year-old from Quakers Hill, NSW was found with Sukumaran, Chen and Nguyen in the Melasti bungalows on Bali's Kuta Beach. This was his third trip to Bali after visits in December 2004, and January this year. Norman was taken to hospital for a quick check up for depression, and throat problems.
Si Yi Chen Sentenced to Life in Prison 15th February 2006 |
The 20-year-old from Doonside, NSW was also found in the hotel room with the drugs and the five mobile phones. He had never been to Bali before. Chen moved to Australia from China nine years ago. His parents were unaware their only child was in Indonesia when he was arrested.
Tach Duc Thanh Nguyen
Sentenced to Life in Prison 15th February 2006 |
Nguyen is a young man from Brisbane, Australia who was detained on 17 April 2005 in Bali Indonesia whilst attempting to export heroin to Australia as part of the Bali 9 group. Police authorities claimed that Nguyen was the 'financier' of the operation. Nguyen was sentenced to life imprisonment on 15 February 2006 but on April 26, 2006, Nguyen, along with four other members of the Bali Nine group, had his sentence reduced to 20 year sentences on appeal. He is detained in Kerobokan prison.
During his final plea to judges, Nguyen said,
"I basically stand here before you to tell you that I love Indonesia and I would never intentionally damage or hurt her reputation. I only wanted to come here. If given a chance I would definitely recommend this holiday island to many friends and family. As the only and oldest son in the family I was the one who supported my four younger sisters, and I paid for the groceries and my sisters' education and school needs, so how could I possibly be the financier? The impact on my family has left them shattered and truly devastated, and our lives will never be the same again" .
If you think that young people like Thanh Nguyen are beyond redemption ...think again!
Stanley 'Tookie' Williams was executed on 13 December 2005 inside San Quentin Prison in Los Angeles. The execution provoked international outrage as Williams had campaigned tirelessly against gang culture earning him a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. International stars including Snoop Dogg and Jamie Foxx had also petitioned the authorities for clemency to no avail. Williams co-founded the LA street gang, the Crips, and was reputed to be the most feared man on the streets of Los Angeles until imprisoned for the murder of four people in 1981. In his biography, Williams decries his own bloody legacy and warns about the dangers of joining street gangs and gun culture. He was sentenced to death by injection with a lethal mixture of drugs.
'He inspired me to do
with my life.' -
CONTACT THE BALI NINE
FPSS would like to encourage our members to help support these prisoners to
relieve an already heavy burden on their families. If you would like to
support a prisoner financially please DO NOT send cash in the mail. Contact
us for further information click here.
C/O- LPM Kerobokan Jl.
Tangkuban Perahu Kerobokan,
Denpasar 80117 Bali, INDONESIA
Please be advised that those people sending letters to Kay Danes at Kerobokan Prison should discontinue because she is NOT a prisoner. Rather, Kay Danes is a Prisoner advocate based in Australia. Please do not address any more mail to Kay Danes at Kerobokan Prison, Bali. If you would like to write to her this is the address:
PO Box 391
Capalaba QLD 4157
Supporting the Bali Nine
Thank you for writing and expressing your interest in supporting these
Australians detained in Bali.
A letter gives hope to those who find themselves in despair. If you would
like to write a letter to an Australian detained in Bali then please
address it as follows:
Insert Prisoner name
C/- LPM Kerobokan
Jl. Tangkuban Perahu
Kerobokan, Denpasar 80117
Please let them know that you were given their details by the Foreign
Prisoner Support Service. It can be a bit confusing having a complete
stranger suddenly write to you and not knowing how they came by writing.
At least if you mention our service then they will understand how you got
their details. We are making every effort to support them. If you do
receive a reply to your letter then please let us know.
A few simple rules to letter writing:
When writing a letter it is important to follow a few simple rules so that
a prisoner's situation is not in any way jeopardized.
1. Always be polite
2. Do not talk about their case
3. Do not say anything offensive to the Judicial of
4. Never give the impression that you are
politically opposed to the Government
5. Be positive and try and bring a little sunshine
to their day
6. Talk of things in general ie: sports, TV programs,
7. Religion is best left out of conversations unless
the prisoner indicates their choice of faith.
Books provide inspiration and sometimes, they can motivate a person to
think about life beyond their current isolation. Books take you on a
journey and often when you are caught in despair, you need a place to go
where you can find peace or at best, a little distraction. Books can also
be thought provoking and lead people on a better path than the one which
brought them to their current situation. But no matter what the care
package item is whether it be soap, toiletries, cigarettes, a towel, or a
pack of paper and envelopes, every little thing helps the prisoner endure
the long journey ahead.
Care packages can be sent directly to the prisoner at Kerobokan Prison.
Please address the same as if sending a letter. A receipt will be given to
the prisoner from the post office and they can ask a guard to pick up
their package. There is a fee to pay to the post office, small packages
cost around 50cents to collect and larger ones cost $1. [Those prisoners
without money may request the Embassy to assist them].
Examples of Care Package items:
You should establish regular contact with the prisoner before sending
Primary essential items
3. Talcum Powder
4. Laundry powder [Tip: Sard soap bar is lighter.]
5. Shampoo & Conditioner
7. Moisturizers [Tip: sachets]
8. Tinea Cream
11. Chap sticks [dry lips]
12 Cracked heal cream [Tip: sachets]
14. Cotton Buds
15. Wet ones [refresher towels]
16. Mosquito coils & Repellent [RID]
17. Oil of Cloves [toothache]
18. Cold Sore Cream
19. Chux wipes
20. Dental Floss
Secondary essential items|
21. Writing materials [pencil/envelope/paper]
22. Reading material
23. Postcard from home
24. Rubber Thongs
25. Ear Plugs
26. Hair brush
27. Cavat [temporary tooth filling]
28. Tobacco/cigarettes & lighter
30. Plain t-shirts
31. Clothes pegs
32. Packet noodles
33. Packet spices
34. Squash Ball
Visiting Kerobokan Prison
If you are visiting Bali and wish to go to the prison to visit a
prisoner then you should stop off at a local supermarket and get
some fresh food supplies and bottled water. Generally visitors are
allowed to visit after 9am. You will be required to
present identification at the prison [generally a passport].
** Be aware that journalists are not now allowed to be on the prison
grounds without special approval.
You may be required to pay a small amount of rupiah to the prison
guard upon entry. As of 2006, this was 5000 rupiah but that amount
may fluctuate. Don't be afraid of the prison guards, they are often most
helpful. You will be required to leave your belongings with the
guards so don't take anything valuable. Of course, you are
usually permitted to keep hold of your wallet but ID will be collected
when you leave the prison.
If you are still uncertain about how to visit a prisoner then
FPSS can highly recommend Taxi Driver SIMON. Mobile: 0817 367 301
[Bali number]. Simon took FPSS advocate Kay Danes to the
Denpassar District Court and Kerobokan prison when she was last in
Bali. He helped her communicate with the prison authorities to gain
entry, which was quite an event given the media presence at that
time. Simon is a lovely Balinese man and like many Balinese, he has
a very compassionate heart. FPSS recommend his taxi services to anyone
thinking of travelling to Bali. Simon speaks English well, is a
Christian and has a lovely wife and two daughters he calls
Without financial support most prisoners detained in foreign prisons find
life most difficult. DO NOT send cash in the mail. If you would like to
assist an Australian detained overseas financially then please contact us.
THE BALI 9 FILES
By CINDY WOCKNER - September 28, 2005
POLICE surveillance photographs of the Bali Nine in a hotel pool hours before their arrest are contained in the evidence that could send them to the firing squad.
Dossier ... the file on the Bali Nine that was handed over to the court yesterday
The Daily Telegraph can now reveal the details of the conspiracy that led the youngsters to try to smuggle 8.65kg of heroin out of Bali and land them on death row.
The evidence also contains details of all the phone calls between them.
Prosecutors yesterday officially handed the material to the Denpasar District Court, signalling that the group has now been officially charged. Trials will follow within a month.
The file on Andrew Chan, one of the two alleged ringleaders, along with Myuran Sukumaran, is almost twice the size of the rest – testament to the important role police believe he played.
The files also say the mules were forced by threats of violence to put their lives on the line.
They also confirm the involvement of a 22-year-old Thai woman, Cherry Likit Bannakorn, alias Pina, who delivered the heroin to Bali but slipped through a police dragnet a day after the Bali Nine were arrested.
A taxi driver, Dewa Gede Risdana Mesi, said in a statement that he delivered her to Kuta Seaview Cottages, where she met Chan. She was carrying a suitcase.
The surveillance photographs show Scott Rush and Michael Czugaj relaxing in the swimming pool of the Hotel Aneka in Kuta a week before their arrests.
Another shows Chan and Sukumaran on a staircase at the Hard Rock Hotel.
Click Here for Full Story
NEWS ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS
Bali Nine mules to face death
FOUR more of the Bali Nine drug mules have been sentenced to death
after Indonesia's Supreme Court issued shock verdicts on their appeals
for lighter sentences.
Death ... Australian drug traffickers, from left, Si Yi Chen, Matthew Norman and Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen. Inset: Scott Rush / Reuters, AP
The court imposed the new death sentences on Scott Rush (20),
Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen (23), Si Yi Chen (21), and the youngest of the group,
19-year-old Matthew Norman, Fairfax newspapers report today.
None of the nine, their families or their lawyers have been officially informed of the new sentences, which were uncovered by Fairfax in a search of Supreme Court records in Jakarta and confirmed with court authorities.
Click Here for Complete Story
Stop Australian Federal Police [AFP]|
from delivering Australians to DEATH ROW
Australian Federal Police [AFP] have cooperated with Indonesian police in
the arrest of the Bali 9, of which two are now certain to face the death
penalty, as decided recently in Indonesia.
Foreign Prisoner Support Service does not condone drug trafficking and
supports the AFP in its anti-drug campaigns, however, before the AFP
cooperates with foreign police forces, there should be an agreement that
the death penalty will not be pursued in investigations that rely on AFP
Write to express your concerns on this matter before more Australians are
sent to death row.
The Australian Government http://www.australia.gov.au/
Last Bali Nine mules face life in jail
The last three members of the Bali Nine have been jailed for life as judges rejected
pleas for mercy and one of
their top defence lawyers admitted that clemency hopes for the convicted heroin
smugglers were slim.|
A day after the two ringleaders of the failed heroin trafficking operation were handed
death sentences, Denpasar District
Court judges said would-be mules Matthew Norman and Si Yi Chen should receive the
same life terms meted out to four mules
who were arrested with the 8kg stash.
Senior gang lieutenant Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen, tried alongside Norman and Chen,
was also handed a life sentence.
Norman's mother Robyn Davies said the ruling was just a step off the worst possible result.
"It's better that being shot I suppose," she said grimly, appealing to the Indonesian government to treat
her 19-year-old son well in the long years ahead without family.
"Look after him, feed him and give good health
up to him," she said.
The trio showed little reaction as the widely-tipped sentence was handed down by chief
judge Istiningsih Rahayu.
Click Here for Complete Story
Life sentence call for Bali 9 accused
INDONESIAN prosecutors today demanded that alleged Bali Nine drug mule Michael Czugaj be found guilty and sentenced to life for heroin smuggling.
Czugaj, 20 of Brisbane, looked pale and nervous but remained calm as the prosecutors read out their submission in the Denpasar District Court.
The call came about an hour after prosecutors demanded death by firing squad for one of the alleged leaders of the gang, Myuran Sukumaran, 24 of Sydney.
Today's differing prosecution demands makes it clear that Indonesian authorities want to draw a line of life and death between those accused of being the gang's chiefs and so-called heroin mules who say they were forced into becoming drug couriers.
Yesterday prosecutors also demanded life in prison for another of the mules, Scott Rush, 20 of Brisbane, who is Czugaj's friend.
Other Bali Nine defendants are expected to hear similar prosecutor demands tomorrow and Thursday.
Click Here for Complete Story
Update 10 April 2007|
FPSS Support Continues for Australians detained on Death Row [Bali]
Thank you to everyone who has offered support to the families of; and to the Australians currently on death row in Indonesia. We appreciate your concerns and would like to reaffirm our committment to this campaign. We are doing all that we can to generate positive support to the campaigns in the hope that the Indonesian Government will show some leniency to these young Australians. We hope that they might be spared the death sentence, and transferred back to an Australian prison where they would have access to appropriate levels of medical care, family support and proper rehabilitation.
Please find below a brief update on our main efforts...
1. FPSS are in contact with the Legal Representatives currently launching a Constitutional Challenge in Indonesia. We have taken advice from them in how best we can support those on death row and have pledged support to all future campaign strategies in accordance with their advice.
2. FPSS advocates are continuing to lobby Australian Government Members of parliament in Canberra to ensure the concerns of our members are known to the Australian Government.
3. FPSS letters of appeal have been sent to various Indonesian Government members. These have respectfully appealed for mercy on behalf of those on death row.
4. FPSS have continued to advise other lobby groups and human rights committees on the various ways of proceeding to ensure the integrity of the campaign is maintained.
5. FPSS advocates are in close and direct contact with the Australians on death row in Bali and are fully compliant with their wishes.
6. FPSS advocates are continuing to provide practical support where possible to the families and to the prisoners themselves. WE also advise visitors to our site on how they can support the Australians detained in Bali, how to write letters, how to send care packages, how to assist financially. We are pleased to hear that over the past twelve months, a large number of FPSS members have even travelled to Bali and made direct contact with the Australians and are continuing that support.
7. FPSS are maintaining good relations with various media groups interested in these cases and ensuring that the information provided to them is accurate, appropriate and condusive to the current legal strategies in place and requests by family/prisoners.
8. FPSS continue to maintain positive relations with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade [DFAT] and Attorney General's Office in the interests of maintaining the appropriate level of integrity to this campaign effort. We are pleased to report that DFAT are working extensively to provide a high level of consular support. Feedback from some of the Australians who have written to us recently, is that they are very happy with the level of consular support provided to them, understanding the
difficulties of their situation.
Rest assured that FPSS are doing everything possible to support the Australians detained in Bali. FPSS do not condone drug trafficking or illegal actions of any persons. FPSS does not condone the use of the death penalty. The death penalty is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment. It violates the right to life.
Click Here for the ForeignPrisoners.com Death Penalty Page
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