DENPASAR - Indonesia's Supreme Court has reduced the death sentences handed down to three Australians convicted of drugs smuggling to life imprisonment. The Australians' lawyer today announced that the Jakarta court issued its ruling a few days ago. Neither the Indonesian nor the Australian authorities have confirmed the news.
In 2005, the three, together with six other Australians, were arrested for attempting to smuggle over eight kilos of heroin from Bali to Australia. Of the 'Bali Nine', six were given death sentences and the remaining three received prison terms of up to 20 years.
The lawyer says three of those condemned to death have now received life because of their good behaviour and apparent repentance. The death sentences handed down to the three alleged leaders of the drugs traffickers remain in force.