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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.
Individual Campaign Pages

Andrew Chan
Death Sentence

Mathew Norman
Life Sentence

Scott Rush
Death Sentence

Renae Lawrence
20yr Sentence

Myuran Sukumaran
Death Sentence

Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen
Life Sentence

Michael Czugaj
Life Sentence

Si Yi Chen
Life Sentence

Martin Stephens
Life Sentence
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. more info...
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. more info...
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. more info...

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. more info...
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. more info...
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 crim".more info...

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. more info...
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. more info...
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" . more info...


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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.

Prisoner Name
C/O- LPM Kerobokan Jl.
Tangkuban Perahu Kerobokan,
Denpasar 80117 Bali, INDONESIA

Important Notice
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:

    Kay Danes
    PO Box 391
    Capalaba QLD 4157
    Australia

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
Bali, INDONESIA

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 Indonesia
    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.

Care packages

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 anything.
Primary essential items

1. Toothpaste
2. Soap
3. Talcum Powder
4. Laundry powder [Tip: Sard soap bar is lighter.]
5. Shampoo & Conditioner
6. Toothbrush
7. Moisturizers [Tip: sachets]
8. Tinea Cream
9. Dettol
10. Savlon
11. Chap sticks [dry lips]
12 Cracked heal cream [Tip: sachets]
13. Bandaids
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
29. Hat
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 his 'princesses'. Financial Support

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


Dossier ... the file on the Bali Nine that was handed over to the court yesterday
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.

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.

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  • NEWS ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS
    Bali Nine mules to face death

    Death ... Australian drug traffickers, from left, Si Yi Chen, Matthew Norman and Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen. Inset: Scott Rush / Reuters, AP
    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.

    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.

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  • 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 intelligence.

    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.

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    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.

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  • 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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