Bali Nine verdicts

February 15, 2006 3:08 PM

Death by Firing Squad

  • Andrew Chan – 22, Sydney, NSW
  • Myuran Sukumaran – 24, Sydney, NSW

Life Imprisonment

  • Renae Lawrence – 28, Newcastle, NSW
  • Scott Rush – 20, Brisbane, QLD
  • Martin Stephens – 29, Wollongong, QLD
  • Michael Czugaj – 20, Brisbane, QLD
  • Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen – 23, Brisbane, QLD
  • Matthew Norman – 19, Sydney, NSW
  • Si-Yi Chen – 20, Sydney, NSW

Complete profile of the nine. Multicultural bunch ain’t it?

It is interesting in comparison – what happened to all those ppl who jumped up and down about the death penalty for Nguyen Tuong Van in Singapore? And before him, the ppl who protested about Schapelle Corby?

I’m neither for or against the death penalty. I only believe that these ppl knew the risks and understood the consequences before they embarked on their fateful journey to Bali. Australia will go through its usual diplomatic appeals as a good government should but it won’t change anything.

Many ppl here have argued that because the Australian Federal Police (AFP) have known about their intentions that they should have arrested them here in Australia instead of letting them go to Bali. My argument is that the AFP only had a theory and a possible tip-off but not solid evidence. Arrest them and let the courts release them due to lack of evidence? And then repeat the whole process when they try smuggling drugs into Australia again?

That’d be silly. The AFP are not to blame.

So heed the lessons – respect the laws of the country that you are visiting. If you don’t like the laws then don’t go there. But if you do go there, don’t blame anyone else when you get caught for commiting a crime (ie. AFP, Indonesian police), and then cry over the harshness of the punishment.

Complete stories:

Final three jailed for life – National –
Last three Bali Nine sentenced to life – Top stories – Breaking News 24/7 –

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4 thoughts on “Bali Nine verdicts

  1. snowflake

    I agree with you in that “But if you do go there, don’t blame anyone else …….and then cry over the harshness of the punishment.”

    I support harsh sentencing for drug trafficking and smuggling. However I am against the death penalty. I believe that God is the only one who can give and take life.

    Life behind bars is far worse, having to wake up every morning being reminded about what one did ….

    Just hope that this will teach others not to follow to same stupid path

  2. mooiness

    snowflake: but … the really stupid thing was, they went and risk it after all that publicity with Schapelle? That’s probably one of the reasons why we don’t see a mass outcry about the sentences.


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