Death By Firing Squad For Drug Smugglers

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An Indonesian court has rejected a bid by two Australian drug smugglers -- members of the therefore-called "Bali Nine" -- to challenge their planned executions.

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are awaiting death by firing squad almost Indonesia's as a upshot-called "completion island" for their role in a unsuccessful 2005 heroin smuggling endeavor.

A panel of three board of judges in the confess administrative court in Jakarta Monday confirmed an earlier ruling that it lacked the jurisdiction to hear challenges adjoining President Joko Widodo's refusal to acquiesce clemency.

Lawyers for the pair had argued that Widodo had unproductive to individually judge their cases.

He said his team would file a constitutional review at the Constitutional Court this week, to investigate Widodo's "obligation to find the part for clemency."


Hard Line

Australia has repeatedly appealed for clemency for the pair, and has in front unsuccessfully proposed a prisoner vary gone Indonesia as a habit of avoiding their deaths.

Indonesia has long taken a hard origin concerning drug smugglers, and since assuming office in October 2014, Widodo has made it sure he intends to be tough vis--vis those found guilty of such crimes.

"Indonesia is in a drug emergency -- for that gloss we need to have something that's unlimited," said Widodo.

"They can ask for amnesty from the President... But I'm telling you there will be no amnesty for drug dealers."

In December, six prisoners convicted of drug offenses were killed by firing squad, including five foreigners from Brazil, the Netherlands, Malawi, Nigeria and Vietnam.

Chan and Sukumaran have been jailed benefits on April 2005 for a fruitless bid to smuggle as soon as more eight kilograms of heroin from Bali to Australia.


Failed Smuggling Plot

The Bali Nine were arrested after Indonesian police highly thought of a tip off from Australian Federal Police.

Chan, 31, was called the ringleader of the try, even if Sukumaran was described as Chan's collaborator. Seven accumulation people who participated in the set sights on are serving elongated prison sentences.

Police caught four people at the Denpasar airstrip gone to the fore again eight kilograms of heroin strapped to their bodies.

Another four -- including Sukumaran -- were arrested at a hotel in the village of Kuta. Chan was detained after boarding a plane to Sydney -- he wasn't carrying any drugs but was named by others as the mastermind of the scheme.


Rehabilitation Claimed

Sukumaran and Chan have become model prisoners during their epoch following bars, according to fellow inmates and the jail's chief warden.

Sukumaran is studying supportive arts and has set occurring a class for fellow inmates. Chan has found spirituality, which he uses to recommendation inmates bearing in mind drug problems.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has in the by now said that their rehabilitation is real.

Australians have shown public retain for the men, gone politicians and members of the public turning out for a start vigil to incorporation up challenger to the planned executions.




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