Scott Rush’s sentence commuted to life in prison

May 10, 2011 at 10:47 am (Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Indonesia, Scott Rush) (, , )

Australians Against Capital Punishment welcome this decision of the Indonesia Supreme Court.

Our heartfelt thanks go out to everyone involved in the campaign during the past years.

From the ABC -

Scott Rush escapes death penalty

By Indonesia correspondent Matt Brown, wires

Bali Nine drug smuggler Scott Rush has been spared the death penalty by a court in Indonesia.

Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd confirmed the decision in Parliament, saying Rush’s appeal against the death sentence had been successful.

Three Supreme Court judges reviewed the case and cut the death penalty back to life in prison.

Rush, 24, had been facing the death penalty for his part in a 2005 plot to smuggle more than eight kilograms of heroin from Bali to Australia.

It is understood the Supreme Court has granted his appeal on the basis that he had shown remorse for his actions, while also citing his age at the time as a mitigating factor.

Full story here.

1 Comment

  1. Andrew Bartlett said,

    Congratulations to all those who worked so hard for this outcome over so many years.

    Life imprisonment is still a heavy price and a big burden to continue to carry, but nothing compared to the horror and injustice of an execution.

    I know lots of people worked hard for this outcome, and will continue to work against the injustice of the death penalty as a whole. But I would like to give a special acknowledgment to Scott Rush’s parents, Lee and Christine – they would be two of the most inspiring campaigners and people I have ever met.

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