February 14, 2006

Second Australian sentenced to death in Bali trial

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - An Indonesian court on
Tuesday sentenced a second Australian man to die by firing
squad for trying to smuggle heroin from the resort island of
Bali in a high-profile drugs case.

The sentence matched what prosecutors had demanded for
Myuran Sukumaran, one of the accused masterminds of a group of
nine Australians arrested on Bali last April for attempting to
smuggle more than 18 lb of heroin to Australia.

The verdict is the sixth handed down so far.

It follows a death sentence given to another accused
mastermind earlier on Tuesday and life sentences imposed on
four couriers who were caught at Bali's airport with heroin
strapped to their bodies.

Sukumaran, 24, is from Sydney.