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Bali Nine appeal to challenge death sentence DENPASAR - Lawyers of the convicted Bali Nine drug trafficker Scott Rush say experts on international law will speak in the constitutional court of Indonesia next week to appeal against his death sentence. Rush is one of nine Australians aught smuggling eight kilograms of heroin out of Indonesia.

Northern Territory QC Colin McDonald is arguing that the death sentence handed down to Rush is constitutional. He hopes to move his case along next week when an Australian expert addresses the court about Indonesia's obligations under international customary law. "Because Indonesia has signed the international covenant of civil and political rights, the death penalty should not be imposed for a drug-related crime," he said.

He says he will also fight for Rush to have his day in court. "If we are right, and we believe we are, the legal position is that Indonesia is obliged to accord foreigners, including Scott and the other young Australians, equal treatment before the court," he said. If his actions prove successful he hopes the laws will be applied to the other members of the Bali Nine as well.


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