Asia Australians on death row lose court challenge

Australians on death row lose court challenge

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran
Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran

(AA) – Two Australians on death row lost an appeal Monday that would allow them to challenge the Indonesian president’s decision to deny them clemency.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported Monday that the State Administrative Court of Jakarta had thrown out the challenge by lawyers for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran on the grounds it did not have jurisdiction to rule on presidential decrees.
Lawyers had argued that President Joko Widodo’s blanket policy of refusal for clemency for drug offenders sees him fail in his duty to consider applications on their individual merits, including what lawyers and the Australian government claim is the duo’s “well-documented rehabilitation.”
Widodo has vowed “no mercy” for all 58 convicts currently on death row, including eight other drug felons currently fighting sentences of “execution by firing squad” alongside Chan and Sukumaran.
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