Following the 2015 deaths by firing squad of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the cancer death in May of Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen and Renae Lawrence’s imminent release, only five of the original drug conspirators remain.
It is more than 13 years since nine young Australians made world headlines attempting to smuggle 8.3kg of heroin strapped to their bodies out of Bali’s Denpasar airport.
The remaining five are still reasonably young men: Michael Czugaj and Matthew Norman, 32, Scott Rush and Si Yi Chen, 33, and Martin Stephens, 42.
Each one is serving a life sentence, with three having spent years facing the death penalty while incarcerated in Indonesia.
With their legal appeals exhausted and Joko Widodo in power, they would rely on the tough-on-drugs President’s clemency to grant them a sentence reduction.
Otherwise, the “Bali Five” face decades of mouldering away in their respective prisons until death by disease or old age.
Former labourer Rush, who has struggled with drug addiction in prison, has seesawed between life and death sentences.
Bali police mugshots of three Bali Nine heroin mules who may die in prison (left to right), Michael Czugaj, Matthew Norman and Si Yi Chen.Source:Supplied
Early arrest picture inside Denpasar Airport police interview room, of Si Yi Chen, 20, Renae Lawrence, 27 and Martin Stephens, 29.Source:Supplied
Scott Rush, 19, with heroin taped to his body at the airport after the botched Bali Nine drug exportation.Source:News Corp Australia
Bartender Martin Stephen had heroin taped to his stomach and legs.Source:News Limited
Bali Nine ringleader Myuran Sukumaran under police guard during his transfer for execution on ‘Death Island’.Source:Supplied
After spending five years on death row, he is now serving life.
His friend, ex-Brisbane glazier Czugaj, originally sentenced to life, had a glimmer of hope in 2006 when his sentence was reduced on appeal to 20 years imprisonment.
Five months later, however, the Balinese courts reinstated his life sentence.
After Chinese Australian Si Yi Chen received a life sentence at his February 2006 trial, he confidently appealed for a reduction.
The Indonesian Supreme Court duly imposed the death penalty on him.
Only after Chen’s full confession as to his role in the Bali Nine drug plot was his original sentence of life reinstated.
The oldest of those left behind, former Wollongong bartender Martin Stephens is also serving life.
Stephens waited until 2011 to appeal his original life imprisonment, hoping to reduce his sentence to 10 years but the Indonesian Supreme Court rejected his bid.
Scott Rush with a monkey in Bali before he was arrested for drug smuggling.Source:News Limited
Scott Rush (above) has struggled in prison.Source:News Limited
Martin Stephens said in 2015 ‘just shoot me now’.Source:News Limited
Rush, right, awaiting trial with Bali Nine king pin Andrew Chan, who was executed by firing squad three years ago. Picture: Firdia Lisnawati.Source:AP
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Bali Nine relatives very emotional the morning of the execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran in Cilacap. Courtesy: Louise Milligan
- April 29th 2015
- 4 years ago
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