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.


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Rush a mere courier, Keelty tells court (ABC)

September 16, 2010 at 12:35 pm (Bali Nine, Capital Punishment, Foreign News, Indonesia, Scott Rush) (, , , , )

By Indonesia correspondent Matt Brown

Former Australian Federal Police (AFP) commissioner Mick Keelty has testified Scott Rush was only a minor player in the drug smuggling ring that landed him on death row in Indonesia.

Rush was one of four Australians among the so-called Bali Nine arrested for trying to smuggle heroin through Denpasar Airport in 2005.

His parents looked on today as Mr Keelty told the court hearing Rush’s final appeal against execution that he was not on the AFP’s radar before that fateful drug run.

“He did not know or understand, in my opinion, what the roles of the other people were,” Mr Keelty said.

“His role was a very minimal one.”

Full article here.

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Rush case rekindles memories of past executions – from the ABC

August 30, 2010 at 4:54 am (Bali Nine, Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, execution, Foreign News, Indonesia, Scott Rush) (, , , )

By Matt Brown for Correspondents Report

Bali Nine drug smuggler Scott Rush launched his last court appeal against the death penalty in Bali last week.

His argument rests on the fact he was not a major player in the ring and, therefore, does not deserve to die.

ABC Indonesia correspondent Matt Brown was in the court and found himself thinking about the lives he has seen lost and past court-ordered executions.

Full story at the ABC here.

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Scott Rush’s final appeal begins today

August 18, 2010 at 2:38 am (Bali Nine, Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Foreign News, Indonesia, Scott Rush) (, , )

Everyone from AACP sends their best wishes to Scott’s family and the families of all those facing execution around the world.

From the ABC:
“Convicted Bali Nine drug smuggler Scott Rush is set to launch his final appeal against a death sentence, as other Australian drug smugglers receive small cuts to their 20-year jail terms.”

Read more.

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Melbourne rally protests death penalty – AAP

October 12, 2009 at 12:23 am (Bali Nine, Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, World Anti-Death Penalty Day) (, , , , , )

GREG ROBERTS October 10, 2009 – 3:04PM


Anyone who thinks the death penalty does not affect Australians need only look next door to Bali, where three Australians are on death row, a rally has heard.

The death penalty should be outlawed around the world as slavery and child labour have been, the Melbourne rally heard on Saturday, the seventh World Day Against the Death Penalty.

An estimated 2,000 people heard barrister Julian Burnside, who is representing two convicted Australian drug traffickers in Bali, say capital punishment is "state sanctioned violence".

"Execution is premeditated, ritualised, state-sanctioned violence by brutalised societies," he told AAP.

"There is no crime no matter how terrible that could not be properly punished by decades in a cell." Read the rest of this entry »

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SBY’s decision gives hope to Bali Nine men

March 23, 2009 at 2:12 am (Bali Nine, Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Indonesia, News, Scott Rush) (, , , )

Stephen Fitzpatrick, Jakarta correspondent | March 21, 2009

Article from: The Australian

INDONESIAN President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has slashed the life sentence of a convicted French drug smuggler, heralding a major policy shift with enormous implications for the death-row members of the Bali Nine heroin smuggling gang. Australian traffickers Scott Rush, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan now stand a real chance of having their death sentences overturned, after Frenchman Michael Loic Blanc, 34, won a downgrading of his jail term to just 20 years.

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Bali trio on execution list despite forthcoming legal appeal

November 19, 2008 at 4:02 am (Bali Bombers, Bali Nine, Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, execution, Foreign News, News) (, , )

Patrick Horan

November 17, 2008 10:52am

THREE members of the Bali Nine have been placed on an Indonesian execution list, with authorities insisting no mercy will be shown.

Convicted drug traffickers Andrew Chan, 24, Myuran Sukumaran, 27 and Scott Rush, 22, are on a list of 92 death row convicts who the Indonesian Attorney General’s Office insist will be put to death.

The trio are facing the death penalty for their roles in an ill-fated attempt to smuggle 8kg of heroin from Bali to Australia in 2005.

“The death sentences of the 92 convicts have been declared legally binding and are pending administrative procedures (before they are carried out),” assistant attorney general Abdul Hakim Ritonga told the Jakarta Post.

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