Thursday, June 7, 2007
From news.com: Three members of the Bali Nine on death row should be spared the death penalty because the prosecutor in their case never requested the maximum penalty at trial, says University of Indonesia CrimProf and former prosecutor Ali Hamzah.
He testified yesterday in the Denpasar District Court that it was "not normal" under law for their sentences to be increased, under appeal, from 20 years to death.
The trio – Matthew Norman, Si Yi Chen and Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen – were all convicted of their role in the 8.2kg heroin haul and sentenced originally to life behind bars.
On appeal the sentence was cut to 20 years but on a further prosecution appeal to the Supreme Court, the country's highest court, it was increased to the death penalty. Six members of the Bali Nine are on death row. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]