Two members of the Bali Nine make a desperate attempt to reduce their life sentences to 20 years behind bars in a notorious prison
- Matthew Norman, 33, and Si Yi Chen, 35, filed for leniency from Bali prison
- The drug smuggling couple was sentenced to life in the infamous Kerobokan prison
- They were part of the failed plot to move heroin from Bali to Australia in 2005
- The two Bali Nine members requested that their sentences be reduced to 20 years
- They previously filed eight other applications that were ignored
Two members of the Bali Nine have made a desperate attempt to reduce their life sentences to 20 years in prison.
Australians Matthew Norman, 33, and Si Yi Chen, 35, filed their ninth petition for pardon from Bali’s infamous Kerobokan prison.
The couple were sentenced to life in prison after a failed drug smuggling move of 8.3 kg of heroin from Bali to Australia in 2005, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Matthew Norman (photo), 33, and Si Yi Chen, 35, have pardoned the notorious Kerobokan prison in Bali and requested that their life sentences be reduced to 20 years
Norman (photo right) and Chen (photo right) were sentenced to life in prison for being involved in a failed drug smuggling plan to move heroin to Australia in 2005.
The men were arrested in April 2005 at the Melasti Hotel in Kuta with co-conspirator Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen and a suitcase containing 334 grams of heroin.
Earlier calls from the men, who were only 18 and 20 during the smuggling plan, are ignored, but the couple hope to be released from prison in 2025.
The Head of Bali’s Regional Corrections Department, Mr Suprapto, supports their applications.
“This is the ninth request, so people who read it may feel sorry for the request and make a decision. If someone has asked for forgiveness several times, don’t you forgive them? Mr. Suprapto said.
Mr. Suprapto explained that his powers went no further than helping with the requests.
“We can only help with filing and making recommendations, but the decision remains with the President,” he said.
The appeal was forwarded to the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights and will then be reviewed and sent to the coordinating Ministry of Political, Legal and Security Affairs.
Norman (left) and Chen (right) were arrested in April 2005 with a suitcase containing 334 grams of heroin at the Melasti Hotel in Kuta
Guards (Kerobokan prison in the photo) say the couple is loved and active in the prison community
It is then submitted to the Ministry of State Secretariat so that Indonesian President Joko Widodo can make a decision.
Growing up in the west of Sydney, the two men are active in the prison community and loved by many guards.
Mr. Yulius Sahruzah, a guard in Kerobokan prison, said Norman teaches English and crafts while Chen is working on silversmiths.
“In my opinion, Norman and Si Yi Chen deserve a sentence reduction. 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 Bangli prison in Bali, begged the Indonesian president in February to pardon the five Bali Nine members who are still in prison.
The other three Bali Nine members behind bars are Michael Czugaj, Martin Stephens and Scott Rush, who sent a letter of emotion in December begging to reduce his sentence to 20 years.
Norman and Chen have filed for leniency eight times and have been ignored