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Two Australians in jail over the Bali Nine crimes make desperate bid to have their sentences slashed

Two members of the Bali Nine make desperate bid to have their life sentences slashed to 20 years behind bars in notorious jail

  • Matthew Norman, 33, and Si Yi Chen, 35, applied for clemency from jail in Bali
  • The drug smuggling pair were sentenced to life in the infamous Kerobokan jail
  • They were part of the failed plot to move heroin from Bali to Australia in 2005 
  • The two Bali Nine members appealed to have their sentence reduced to 20 years
  • They have previously lodged eight other applications that were ignored 

Two members of the Bali Nine have made a desperate bid to reduce their life sentences to 20 years in jail.      

Australians Matthew Norman, 33, and Si Yi Chen, 35, lodged their ninth application for clemency from Bali’s infamous Kerobokan jail. 

The pair were sentenced to life in prison after a failed drug smuggling plot to move 8.3kg of heroin from Bali to Australia in 2005, The Daily Telegraph reported.   

Matthew Norman (pictured), 33, and Si Yi Chen, 35, have applied for clemency from the infamous Kerobokan jail in Bali and appealed to have their life sentences reduced to 20 years 

Norman (pictured right) and Chen (pictured second from right) were sentenced to life in prison over their involvement in a failed drug smuggling plot to move heroin to Australia in 2005

Norman (pictured right) and Chen (pictured second from right) were sentenced to life in prison over their involvement in a failed drug smuggling plot to move heroin to Australia in 2005 

The men were arrested at the Melasti Hotel in Kuta with co-conspirator Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen and a suitcase containing 334 grams of heroin in April 2005.

Previous appeals from the men, who were only 18 and 20 during the smuggling plot, remain ignored but the pair hope to walk free from jail in 2025.  

The head of Bali’s regional corrections division, Mr Suprapto, is supporting their applications. 

‘This is the ninth request so people who read it might feel pity when they consider the application and are making a decision. If someone has asked for forgiveness several times, do you not forgive him?’ Mr Suprapto said.

Mr Suprapto explained his power did not extend beyond helping with the requests.  

‘We can only help to submit an application and make recommendations, but the decision remains with the president,’ he said.      

The appeal has been forwarded to the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights and will then be reviewed and sent to the co-ordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs.

Norman (left) and Chen (right) were busted with suitcase containing 334 grams of heroin at the Melasti Hotel in Kuta in April 2005

Norman (left) and Chen (right) were busted with suitcase containing 334 grams of heroin at the Melasti Hotel in Kuta in April 2005

Guards (Kerobokan jail pictured) say the pair are well liked and active in the prison community

 Guards (Kerobokan jail pictured) say the pair are well liked and active in the prison community 

It will then be submitted to the Ministry of State Secretariat for Indonesian President Joko Widodo to make a decision.  

The two men, who grew up in Sydney’s west, are active in the prison community and liked by many guards. 

Mr Yulius Sahruzah, a warden at Kerobokan jail, said Norman teaches English and crafting while Chen is engaged in silversmithing. 

‘In my opinion, Norman and Si Yi Chen deserve to receive reduced sentences. Both have been sentenced to a minimum of five years as one of the requirements. Both are active in various activities in prison,’ he said.       

Renae Lawrence, who served 13 years in Bali’s Bangli jail, pleaded with the Indonesian president in February to deliver clemency to the five Bali Nine members who remain in jail. 

The other three Bali Nine members behind bars include Michael Czugaj, Martin Stephens and Scott Rush, who sent an emotion letter begging to have his sentence cut to 20 years last December. 

Norman and Chen have previously applied for clemency eight times and been ignored

Norman and Chen have previously applied for clemency eight times and been ignored 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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