Indonesia rejects Australians’ execution appeal

2015-02-24 11:10
Australian drug smuggler Andrew Chan, one of the so-called ‘Bali Nine’ gang. (Sonny Tumbelaka, AFP)

Australian drug smuggler Andrew Chan, one of the so-called ‘Bali Nine’ gang. (Sonny Tumbelaka, AFP)

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Jakarta - An Indonesian judge has rejected an appeal from two Australian men due to be executed in Indonesia after President Joko Widodo denied them clemency, their lawyer said on Tuesday.

"The first thing I need to say firmly is that there shouldn't be any intervention towards the death penalty because it is our sovereign right to exercise our law," President Joko Widodo told reporters.

Widodo said he took calls from the leaders of France, Brazil and the Netherlands about the death penalty but made no mention of Australia. Two Australians are among the 11 on death row.

"According to the judge, the president's rejection of [the] clemency petition is not an administrative act so this court does not have the jurisdiction to accept our case," said Todung Mulya Lubis, a lawyer for the two Australians on death row.

"We plan to appeal today's court decision. We have two weeks to file an appeal. If the law is respected, the execution should be postponed until the legal process is over."

Australia has been pursuing an eleventh-hour campaign to save the lives of Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, two members of the so-called Bali Nine, convicted in 2005 as the ringleaders of a plot to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia.

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