Jakarta (CNN) An Indonesian court has rejected a bid by two Australian drug smugglers — members of the “Bali Nine” — to challenge their planned executions.
Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are awaiting death by firing squad on Indonesia’s “execution island” for their role in a failed 2005 heroin smuggling plot.
A panel of three judges in the state administrative court in Jakarta on Monday confirmed an earlier ruling that it lacked the jurisdiction to hear challenges against President Joko Widodo’s refusal to grant clemency.
Lawyers for the pair had argued that Widodo had failed to individually consider their cases.
One of their lawyers, Leonard Aritonang, said he was disappointed with the rulings but would respect the court’s decision.
He said his team would file a constitutional review at the Constitutional Court this week to examine Widodo’s “obligation to give clemency.”
Australia has repeatedly appealed for clemency for the pair and has unsuccessfully proposed a prisoner swap with Indonesia as a way of avoiding their deaths.
Indonesia has long taken a hard line on drug smugglers, and since assuming office in October, Widodo has made it clear he intends to be tough on those found guilty of such crimes. read more