Bali Nine’s Renae Lawrence urges Scott Morrison to help remaining jailed members


Bali Nine convicted drug smuggler Renae Lawrence has called on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to help the remaining five members serving life sentences when he meets Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Canberra this week.

Ms Lawrence, who was released in November 2018 after more than 12 years behind bars for drug trafficking, spoke to media in Canberra on Sunday afternoon for the first time since her release and issued a plea to the Australian government.

Renae Lawrence before a court appearance in Bali in 2005.Credit:AAP

“I have no quarrel with the Indonesian legal system, but I continue to worry about these five young men, who, if they had received the same sentence as me, may well have been back in Australia with their families by now,” she said, reading from a prepared statement.

Visibly nervous, she apologised to Mr Joko and the Indonesian people, saying she acknowledged that trying to smuggle more than eight kilograms of heroin from Bali to Australia was wrong and an act of “stupidity”.



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