Member of Infamous “Bali Nine” Dies of Cancer

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A member of the Bali Nine convicted drug smugglers, Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen, has reportedly died in a hospital in Jakarta.

Nguyen was sentenced to death in 2006 after being found guilty of attempting to smuggle eight kilograms of heroin through Bali a year earlier.

He had been arrested at the Melasti Hotel in the seedy tourist hot spot of Kuta in April 2005 alongside three other “drug mules” and Myuran Sukumaran – who would later be named a ringleader in the smuggling plot.

Nguyen and other mules narrowly escaped execution after their sentences were commuted to life in prison.

In messages from prison Nguyen reportedly expressed deep regret for the hurt he had caused his family adding “there’s no code of honour among drug dealers”.

He died from cancer in a Jakarta hospital, media reported on Tuesday. He was 34.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed on Tuesday night that they were providing support to an Australian man who died in Indonesia from a “terminal illness”.

Nguyen is the third member of the Bali Nine to die after Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were executed by firing squad in 2015.

Renae Lawrence has been the only Bali Nine member to have her jail time cut after receiving a reduction on her 20-year sentence in 2017.

Source: The West

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

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