Key dates in the Bali Nine saga

Key dates in the Bali Nine saga:


April 8 to 12 – Australian Federal Police tip off Indonesian counterparts about the smuggling attempt and tell them to “take whatever action you deem necessary”.


April 17 – Andrew Chan and four others arrested at Denpasar Airport; Scott Rush, Michael Czugaj, Renae Lawrence and Martin Stephens have 8.3kg of heroin strapped to their bodies.

– Myuran Sukumaran, Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen, Si Yi Chen and Matthew Norman are arrested soon after in Kuta, preparing a second shipment.

April 22 – Indonesian police say Andrew Chan was the “godfather” of the operation.

April 26 – Two mules say Chan threatened them with death if they refused to carry the drugs.

April 27 – Indonesian police say they have shot and killed the man they believe supplied the heroin, Nepalese citizen Mann Singh Gali.

Sept 27 – Prosecutors confirm all nine Australians will be charged with possession and trafficking of heroin, carrying the death penalty.

Sept 29 – Australian authorities say the AFP will stop co-operating with the Indonesian investigation given the possibility of firing squads.

Oct 7 – Lawyers for Lawrence and Rush allege the AFP may have acted illegally by handing information to Indonesian authorities.

Oct 11 – Trials of the Bali Nine begin.


Jan 24 – Prosecutors demand death sentence for enforcer Sukumaran.

Jan 26 – Prosecutors demand Chan be sent to the firing squad as well; they ask for life sentences for six others, while Lawrence faces 20 years.

Feb 13: Lawrence and Rush sentenced to life.

Feb 14: Chan and Sukumaran sentenced to death by firing squad; Stephens and Czugaj get life in prison.

Feb 15: Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen, Si Yi Chen and Matthew Norman sentenced to life in prison.

Feb 17: All but Rush appeal against their sentences.

April 26: Chan and Sukumaran’s appeals are rejected.

April 27: Sentences for Lawrence, Czugaj, Nguyen, Chen and Norman reduced to 20 years; life sentences for Rush and Stephens upheld.

Sept 6: Prosecutors win appeal against sentence reduction for Rush, Nguyen, Chen and Norman – they are also sentenced to death. Stephens’ life sentence upheld; Czugaj’s term increased again to life.


Jan 30: Rush challenges his death sentence

April 23: Lawyers for Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen, Si Yi Chen and Matthew Norman also file for a judicial review of their death sentences.


March 6: Nguyen, Chen and Norman death sentences reduced to life in prison.


April 13: Stephens requests judicial review; it is rejected 10 months later.

August 13: Chan and Sukumaran request judicial reviews.

August 26: Rush appears in court for his final appeal; AFP commissioner Mick Keelty testifies on his behalf.


May 11: Rush’s death sentence reduced to life imprisonment.

June 17: Chan’s request for judicial review rejected.

July 7: Sukumaran’s request for judicial review rejected.


May 13: Chan appeals for clemency from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

July 9: Sukumaran also appeals for presidential clemency.


Dec 11: New president Joko Widodo makes it clear he will not grant clemency to drug traffickers.


Jan 7: Sukumaran’s bid for presidential clemency rejected.

Jan 18: Six drug smugglers executed.

Jan 22: Chan also loses bid for clemency.

Feb 2: It is announced both men will be among the next lot to be executed.

Feb 4: Request for second judicial review rejected.

Feb 7: Indonesian government confirms the men will face the firing squad before end of month.

Feb 8: The men’s lawyer at their first trial alleges judges requested a bribe to reduce their sentence.

Feb 12: 150,000 signatures on a Mercy petition asking for clemency handed to the men’s families; Foreign Minister Julie Bishop makes emotional plea in federal parliament for Indonesia to spare their lives.

Feb 24: Legal appeal fails when Jakarta court says it can’t examine the Indonesia president’s decision to deny clemency

March 2: Chan and Sukumaran’s lawyers work to file an appeal against the administrative court’s decision not to examine the men’s clemency rejection

March 3: Bali prosecutor Momock Bambang Samiarso says the pair will be transferred on March 4 to a penal island to await execution.

March 4: Chan and Sukumaran are moved under police from Kerobokan prison.