Convicted drug trafficker, Renae Lawrence begs for reduced Bali nine sentences

Convicted drug trafficker Renae Lawrence has pleaded for the remaining five Bali Nine prisoners to have their sentences reduced, coinciding with an official visit to Australia by Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

Renae Lawrence, pictured on November 22, 2018. Source: Getty

Ms Lawrence, who was released in 2018, told reporters in Canberra today, that if their sentences could not be reduced, she was asking that a prisoner exchange with Australia be considered.

"These humane actions will in some small part bring our nations closer together," she said in her first public comments since her release.

In April 2005, Ms Lawrence was caught with eight others trying to smuggle 8.3 kg of heroin out of Indonesia to Australia.

Ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were executed in 2015.

Si Yi Chen, Michael Czugaj, Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen, Matthew Norman, Scott Rush, and Martin Stephens were sentenced to life imprisonment, and Ms Lawrence to an original 20-year sentence.

Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen died of cancer in an Indonesian hospital in 2018.

She concedes it would be very hard for President Widodo to meet her demands given many people in Indonesia are against it.

But she said the president can give "them a second chance, like the same I got".

"It is a big ask but I think its time we sort of helped them," she said.

She said it was like a death sentence for the remaining five.

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The 41-year-old was freed yesterday, and may be the only member of the group to be released. Source: Breakfast

"We all did something stupid, we all regret it, but everybody deserves a second chance," she said,

"If this doesn't happen, they have got no hope, they'll lose hope and the end will be devastating."

She said if she could meet Mr Widodo during his visit she would say "sorry".

She thinks Prime Minister Scott Morrison should push to get something done and believes there is a good opportunity to have talks about it.

Mr Widodo landed in Canberra last night ahead of the signing of a free- trade agreement with Australia tomorrow, when he will also address parliament.