- Assisting People Incarcerated in Oversea's Prisons
Martin Stephens (Australian)
Name: Martin Eric Stephens

Born: 1976

Nationality: Australian

Sentence: Life Sentence in Indonesia.

Offence: Arrested on April 17, 2005 and found guilty of attempting to import heroin from Indonesia to Australia.

Case Info: Martin was arrested in Indonesia on April 17, 2005 along with eight other Australians now known as the 'Bali 9'. He is a former bartender from Towradgi, a suburb of Wollongong New South Wales, Australia. He was discovered with 3.3 kg of heroin concealed on his body at Denpasar Airport during his first trip to Bali.

On February 14, 2006, Martin Stephens was sentenced to life imprisonment. He appealed his sentence along with eight other members of the Bali Nine.

On April 26 2006, Martin Stephens' appeal was heard and the judge upheld his life sentence.

Martin claims that he was forced to travel to Bali and proceed with the smuggling following death threats against his family. "They threatened me. They threatened my family, my friends, my love - my girlfriend… They showed me pictures."

How you can Help: Martin Stephens would very much welcome letters of support and care packages. If you feel inclined to write then please do at the address below. Normal sized letters and care packages can be sent directly to the prison.

    LPM Kerobokan
    Martin Eric Stephens [Australian]
    Jl. Tangkuban Perahu
    Kerobokan, Denpasar 80117


Prisoners in Kerobokan are allowed visitors everyday except on Sunday. Most love to have a visit from somebody who can look beyond their situation and see them as real human beings. Life in an Asian prison is difficult, and more so when you have no one to help you with even the most basic needs.

If you wish to visit any Australian prisoner detained in Bali or greater Indonesia, then you need to register your visitation request with the Australian Consulate in Bali. Click Here to Register

Visiting hours at Kerobokan Tuesday to Friday: 9.00am - 12.00 and 1.30pm - 3.00pm (Saturday 1/2 day AM visit only)

List of basic items visitors can bring on a visit day;

  • Fresh fruit, salads and bread, pizza, roast chicken
  • Aussie foods - sweets, biscuits, health food bars, BBQ sauce
  • Health Drinks, milk, cordial [preferably Raspberry]
  • Reading materials - Newspapers, magazines, comic books, puzzle books, self development books, CD's.
  • Australian Cigarettes [used for bartering]
  • Canned food/rice, fresh vegetables etc…
  • Reading materials - Newspapers, magazines, comic books, puzzle books, self development books, CD's
  • Australian Cigarettes [used for bartering]
  • Toiletries, Toothpaste/toothbrush, soap, shampoo and conditioner, dental floss;
  • Laundry powder [Tip: Sard soap bar is lighter.]
  • Tinea Cream, Dettol, Savlon, Chap sticks [dry lips], cracked heal cream [Tip: sachets], Cotton Buds, 
  • Mosquito coils & Repellent [RID]
  • Oil of Cloves [toothache]
  • Cold Sore Cream, lip balm, moisturisers; prickly heat powder;
  • Chux wipes
  • Cotton T-shirts, shorts, singlets,
  • Thongs/flip flops
  • Hats [baseball type caps]

  • Tips on visiting at Kerobokan

    If you plan to go to Bali and want a reliable taxi driver who is well known to FPSS and takes very good care of foreigners travelling to Bali, then consider calling Simon on mobile phone number 0817367301 or to arrange prior from mobile in your country (+ 62 817367301). Simon works for the Blue Bird Taxi Group [Call 0361701111] which is considered the safest and most reliable taxi service in Bali.

    Best to establish contact with Martin Stephens BEFORE you attempt to visit him!

    News Update:
    Martin Stephens weds Click here

    Australian Consulate-General
    Jalan Hayam Wuruk No 88B
    Tanjung Bungkak
    Denpasar, Bali 80234.
    Email (general enquiries):

    Office hours: 0800-1200 and 1245-1600 Monday-Friday.
    Postal address - PO Box 3243, Denpasar Bali
    Telephone - (+62 361) 283011 or 283241

    The Australian Government

    Please note: e-mail correspondence should include your postal address. Responses will not be made via e-mail.

    The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia
    8 Darwin Avenue
    Yarralumla, ACT 2600
    Phone : (+61 2) 6250 8600
    Fax : (+61 2) 6273 6017

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