‘Bali Nine’ clemency appeal postponed to Mar 25

‘Bali Nine’ clemency appeal postponed to Mar 25

The clemency appeal for a pair of Australian drug traffickers on death row in Indonesia has been adjourned to Mar 25.

Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, convicted in 2005 as the ringleaders of a plot to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia, are appealing against the rejection of their request for presidential clemency.

Australia has been pursuing an eleventh-hour campaign to save the lives of the two members of the so-called Bali Nine, but President Joko Widodo has refused to budge.

The two are among a group of 10 drug convicts due to be executed together by firing squad at the prison island of Nusakambangan. Others in the group include citizens of France, Brazil, the Philippines, Ghana, Nigeria and Indonesia.

Chan and Sukumaran were arrested in 2005 in Bali and sentenced to death the following year for attempting to smuggle 8kg of heroin out of Indonesia. The other seven members of the so-called “Bali Nine” group were given life sentences. One later had her sentenced reduced to 20 years.

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