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Drug trial for young Australian postponed DENPASAR - A court on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Monday postponed hearing the defence plea of a young Australian who may face life in jail for heroin trafficking. Judges in the trial of 20-year-old Scott Rush, one of nine Australians accused of involvement in a heroin smuggling ring, postponed the trial to Wednesday after his defence asked for more time to prepare their plea.

Rush, who would have been the first of the so-called Bali Nine to present a defence, was allegedly arrested with 1.6 kilograms (3.5 pounds) of heroin strapped to his body at Bali's Ngurah Rai airport in April. The gang of eight men and one woman were arrested at the airport and at a hotel in Bali following a tip-off by Australian police. They are accused of attempting to smuggle a total of 11.2 kilograms of heroin.

Prosecutors are seeking life sentences for Rush and five others, the death penalty for the two accused ringleaders and a 20-year sentence for the only woman in the group. The case is seen as being a potential irritant to relations between Indonesia and Australia, which abolished the death penalty more than 20 years ago. Critics say the Australian police should not have exposed the nine to potentially face death by firing squad, and instead should have arrested them when they returned home.


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Posted in Drugs @ 30 January 2006 09:51 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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