Priest pleased Rush won't appeal

The family priest of convicted Bali nine drug smuggler Scott Rush says he is relieved the Brisbane man will not appeal against the life sentence he was given last month.

The decision follows an Indonesian Supreme Court ruling upholding a decision to increase a Sierra Leone man's drug smuggling sentence from life imprisonment to execution after an appeal.

Rush is expected to plead for clemency from the Indonesian President but not until after the outcome of any appeals by the eight other Australians convicted over the drug plot.

Father Tim Harris says there was always a chance Rush's sentence could be increased.

"I was also concerned that any appeal might cost a great deal of money and I was wondering where on earth that was going to come from," he said.

Fr Harris says the judicial process has taken its toll on the Rush family.

"I suspect that may have had an impact and I think emotionally and in other ways as well I think this whole experience has been quite overwhelming, so no doubt that ... the family may even be a little bit relieved about their decision as well," he said.

Priest pleased Rush won't appeal against sentence (ABC Queensland 7/3/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Road to Kerobokan (Australian Story 11/2/06)

Priest holds hope for drug mule Rush (CathNews 17/2/06)

Drug mule Scott Rush decides against appeal (ABC Radio AM 7/3/06)
Community support 'is God's work' (Catholic Weekly 5/3/06)
Priest holds hope for drug smuggler (Catholic Leader 19/2/07)

8 Mar 2006