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Bali Nine member set to get sentence cut

AAP logoAAP 17/08/2016 Lauren Farrow, AAP Southeast Asia Correspondent

Bali Nine member Renae Lawrence is expected to be one of four Australians to have their sentences reduced as part of Indonesia's Independence Day celebrations.

But for fellow Bali Nine member Si Yi Chen, who is serving a life sentence, the festivities mark another year "just waiting".

At Bali's notorious Kerobokan prison on Wednesday morning, hundreds of prisoners gathered in the field inside the jail's walls to watch a flag raising ceremony, watch traditional dance and participate in games like pulling a rope.

The day marks one of hope for prisoners like Lawrence, who is serving her time at Bangli Prison in Bali, as well as Australian man Edward Norman Myatt in Kerobokan.

Both have been recommended to receive six months off their sentences, Nyoman Putra Surya from Bali's Law and Human Rights Office said on Wednesday.

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

Myatt, who was jailed for eight years in 2012 for smuggling capsules of hashish and methamphetamine, has already had his jail term reduced during previous celebrations.

Lawrence, meanwhile, has shaved almost five years off her initial 20-year term for good behaviour.

But for fellow Bali Nine member Si Yi Chen, who is serving a life sentence, he is not eligible for a sentence reduction.

"Another year is gone and I'm still here," he said on Wednesday.

"I'm just waiting for my time."

Despite not being eligible for remission, Chen said he applies every year, adding "I'm still a human being so I still hope."

Chen, along with fellow Bali Nine member Matthew Norman, set up a stall near the prison entrance on Wednesday where they showcased the former's silver jewellery he designed in prison.

Former Perth developer Eric Bevan Gillet, who was jailed earlier this year for the fraudulent sale of luxury villas, said he had only received one month off his two-year sentence.

"(It's) not much. If it had been six to 12 months I would be happy. It doesn't really mean anything to me," he told reporters.

Meanwhile fellow prisoner, Australian man Scott Dobson also had one month cut from his sentence.

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.

The four Australians are among 902 prisoners in jails across Bali receiving remissions on Wednesday.

In Kerobokan Prison, sentence reductions has seen two Bangladeshi prisoners immediately released as a result.

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