When Scott Rush arrived at Denpasar’s District Court on August 26 his white shirt shone in the Bali heat.
By the time he stood in court a dark, wooden cross, of the kind commonly carved and sold in Bali, was hanging around his neck, outside his shirt.
As he made his statement to the magistrates, he told them that his fate was in their hands ‘and the hands of God’.
During his statement, he made an apology for his actions, and as he spoke the words, his right hand lifted up, searching for the cross, which he held and caressed while speaking.
‘I wish to say to you, my parents, my family, and the community, how sorry I am for the crime that I have committed and the pain that I have caused.
‘I have brought much shame upon myself and my family. I have a deep sense of guilt for what I have done.’
In a recent letter to Australian Labor politician Chris Hayes (Member for Fowler), Scott Rush wrote:
”I truly feel sorry for the hurt and pain I’ve caused to my parents. I hope to have the chance to prove I am capable of reform. I want to give back to my community and be an ambassador against drugs.
‘Please say a prayer for me, and remember me to your wife Bernadette. I continue to pray every day and night.’
Rush, the youngest of the so-called Bali 9, has done it tough in prison. A strange episode where he was supposedly circumcised by Muslims being just one example of the spiritual, cultural and legal forces swirling around his life.
He has some strong support in his appeal including a letter from the Australian Federal Police saying he played a minor role in the heroin smuggling operation. An Australian academic respected for his knowledge of international law, has also made a statement on Rush’s behalf.
Now might be a good time to join young Scott in those prayers, morning and night.
And to bring the humanity of this incident more to life, visit the Scott Rush website, obviously developed by his family.