Pell to consider appeal for clemency

Cardinal George Pell said he would look into appealing for clemency if any of the nine Australians arrested in Bali for drug smuggling are convicted and given the death penalty.

The Sydney Morning Herald/AAP reports that he also said he would be prepared to take their case to new Pope Benedict XVI.

"I don't know whether they are guilty or not but I am certainly prepared to do that [ask for clemency]," Cardinal Pell told ABC's 7.30 Report.

"I think the punishment should be proportionate," he said. "I am certainly prepared to ask for clemency for a lesser punishment for them."

Asked if he would take the case to Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Pell said he would consider it.

"Yes I think I would be prepared to do that. I need to have a good look at everything but I think I would be prepared," he said.

Cardinal Pell said the arrests should act as a warning.

"I think that this terrible happening should be a clear message to other people not to get caught up into these games and risk everything," he said.

Pell to appeal for clemency (Sydney Morning Herald/Australian Associated Press 21/4/05)

New Pope 'soul of courtesy': Pell (ABC TV 7:30 Report 21/4/05)
Bendigo welcomes pope appointment (Bendigo Advertiser 21/4/05)
Pope will deliver surprises: Pell (Daily Telegraph 21/4/05)
Priest seeking change in direction from new pope (Dubbo Liberal 21/4/05)
New pope may speed MacKillop sainthood (Seven News/Australian Associated Press 21/4/05)
Wagga Wagga bishop welcomes new Pope (ABC Riverina NSW 21/4/05)
Pontiff has supporters Down Under (Herald-Sun 22/4/05)
Pell's papal lock down (ABC News 21/4/05)

Godfather threatened us, claim smugglers (Sydney Morning Herald 22/4/05)

22 Apr 2005