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Indonesia Sentences 3 More Australians to Life in Prison for Drug Smuggling

An Indonesian court has sentenced three Australian men to life in prison for their involvement in a drug-smuggling ring on the Indonesian island of Bali.

Tach Duc Thanh Nguyen, Si Yi Chen and Matthew Norman were the last of the so-called Bali Nine smugglers to be sentenced.

Tuesday, the same district court (in Denpasar, the provincial capital) sentenced two other Australian men - Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran - to death for leading the drug ring.

The court also sentenced four other Australian drug smugglers - Michael Czugaj, Martin Stephens, Renae Lawrence and Scott Rush - to life in prison.

Australian Prime Minister John Howard has said their punishment should serve as a warning to other young Australians. However, Mr. Howard added that Australia would make a plea for clemency to Indonesia on behalf of the condemned men.

The nine smugglers were arrested last April while trying to transport more than eight kilograms of heroin from Bali to Australia.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.