Wednesday, 26 April 2006

Bali 9 death sentence confirmed

The Denpasar High Court has rejected an appeal by Myuran Sukumaran, who was sentenced to death for organising the 'Bali 9' syndicate that attempted to smuggle 8.2 kilograms of heroin from Bali to Australia.

AAP reports that the court has also ordered a 'correction' in the case of co-accused Andrew Chan. It is not yet clear what the correction will mean in Chan's case, although AAP reports that Soedarto, a senior High Court judge who was one of the appeal judges for both cases, hinted it may only be a technical change in the judgement. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that legal sources say the death sentence is likely to stand.

Chan, 21, and Sukumaran, who turned 25 on 17 April, were sentenced to death in February by the Denpasar District Court.

They both appealed against their sentences, and six of the other seven members of the Bali 9 appealed against their life sentences.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports the appeal court decisions for Chan and Sukumaran would be formally handed down on Monday. The other six appeal decisions would be released later this week.

Following appeals to Bali's High Court, Sukumaran and Chan can appeal their sentences to Indonesia's Supreme Court in Jakarta.

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