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Australians in Bali to get jail time cut

AAP logoAAP 16/08/2016

Four Australians serving time in Bali's prisons are expected to have their sentences reduced as part of Indonesia's Independence Day celebrations.

The Australians are among 22 foreign prisoners who are to receive reductions on their sentences ranging from about one to six months, head of Bali Provincial Law and Human Rights Office, Sulistiono told reporters on Tuesday.

He would not, however, name those Australians who would have their jail time cut, saying they would find out on Wednesday.

Among Australians serving time in Bali is Renae Lawrence who has been the only member of the Bali Nine group eligible to receive reductions on her initial 20-year jail term.

Lawrence has already managed to shave off almost five years from her sentence due to good behaviour.

Scott Rush and Michael Czugaj, who were caught along with Lawrence, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan in 2005, are serving life sentences so are not eligible for remission.

Australian Edward Norman Myatt, who was jailed for eight years in 2012 for smuggling capsules of hashish and methamphetamine is also in custody in Bali, as is Perth developer Eric Gillet.

Gillet was jailed for two years in May after a judge found he had "abused the naivete" of Indonesians during the fraudulent sale of luxury villas.

The 16-month jail term of Australian man Scott Dobson could also be cut.

Dobson was jailed earlier this year for assaulting a manager at the popular night spot Sky Garden in Kuta following a dispute about a drinks bill on September 27, 2013.

Mr Sulistiono said the majority of foreigners receiving a cut to their jail time were those convicted of drug charges.

Sentence reductions routinely occur in Indonesia on Independence Day and also on religious holidays, including Christmas and Idul Fitri.

According to the presidential decree on remission, it is an important legal avenue that seeks to show a "goal of the correctional system".

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