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Indonesia rejects Australians' death row appeals

Monday, April 06, 2015 - 01:11

An Indonesian court rejects the last-ditch challenges by Australian drug convicts Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, who are facing execution by firing squad, Yiming Woo reports.

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Indonesia rejects what could be the final appeals of two Australians on death row. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were convicted in 2006 as the ringleaders of a plot to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia. The attorney general says the pair have no way left to avoid the firing squad. Their lawyers say they're not giving up. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PLAINTIFF LAWYER LEONARD ARPAN ARITONANG SAYING: "Of course I am not satisfied with the judgement today, but indeed we will have to respect what the court has decided. But it's not stopping us to give our continuous effort and therefore we are about to file a constitutional review to the constitutional court." Sukumaran and Chan were challenging President Joko Widodo's blanket rejection of their plea for clemency. Their lawyers argued that he didn't consider each case properly. The Australians are among 10 drug convicts due to be executed. Indonesia has harsh penalties for drug trafficking and resumed executions in 2013 after a five-year gap.

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Indonesia rejects Australians' death row appeals

Monday, April 06, 2015 - 01:11