Australia provides info ahead of drug mule's death penalty appeal in Indonesia

10:43, August 24, 2010      

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The Australian Federal Police (AFP) on Tuesday said it has given Indonesian authorities all the information it has on Bali Nine drug mule, Scott Rush, ahead of his final death penalty appeal.

Rush was one of the nine Australians convicted over the 2005 attempt to smuggle more than 8 kg of heroin from Bali to Australia.

The 24-year-old was originally sentenced to life in prison but Indonesia's Supreme Court later substituted the death penalty. Rush's final appeal against the sentence will happen on Thursday.

AFP Commissioner Tony Negus on Tuesday said the organization had provided the Indonesian courts with all the information it had about Rush's role in the plot.

"We have responded to requests to provide more information about the role individuals have played in this case," Negus told Australian Associated Press in Brisbane on Tuesday.

"... it is up to the Indonesian courts to make a determination but we are happy to provide what support we can to give them, the full range of material we have. We have said publicly before that we think Scott was somebody who had not been involved (in drug running) before and was asked to do a certain role and we think it 's the first time he has been involved."

The appeal, known as a judicial review, will seek to prove Rush was a minor player in the plot. It will rely heavily on letters from former AFP commissioner Mick Keelty and current deputy commissioner Michael Phelan, saying Rush was only a courier, not an organizer of the plot.

Source: Xinhua


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