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Bali Nine Member Dies In Jakarta Hospital

Bali Nine member Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen has died in an East Java hospital.

What you need to know
  • Nguyen was serving life in prison for attempting to smuggle heroin into Bali from Australia
  • The Australian of Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed they were providing consular assistance "to the family of an Australian man who died of a terminal illness"
  • He is the third member of the original nine men arrested to die, after Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were executed in 2015

Bali Nine member Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen has died, 13 years after he was sentenced to life imprisonment for drug trafficking.

According to a spokesperson for Indonesian Corrections, Nguyen died from cancer in a Jakarta hospital.

The Australian of Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed to the AAP they were "providing consular assistance to the family of an Australian man who died of a terminal illness in Indonesia. For privacy reasons we will not provide further comment".

Nguyen avoided the death penalty when he was found guilty for his role in the plot to smuggle more eight kilograms of heroin to Australia in 2005.

He is the third Bali Nine member to die in Indonesia, after the 2015 executions of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were sentenced to execution by firing squad in 2006. Image: Getty Images

Renae Lawrence is the only Bali Nine member to have her sentenced reduced, when she was awarded a five-month remission in 2009 on Indonesia's Merdeka Day. She had been originally sentenced to life imprisonment but this was reduced to 20 years on appeal. Lawrence's earliest release date is February 2026.

The remaining members, Si Yi Chen, Michael Czugaj, Matthew Norman, Scott Rush and Martin Stephens are all serving life imprisonments for their role in the trafficking plot.

Renae Lawrence is the only Bali Nine member not serving a life sentence. Image: Getty Images