An Indonesian judge has rejected the latest appeal by two Australians on death row — while Indonesia’s president said the execution of eleven convicts would go forward. A lawyer for convicted drug
Indonesia judge rejects appeal by Australians on death row
An Indonesian judge has rejected the latest appeal by two Australians on death row — while Indonesia’s president said the execution of eleven convicts would go forward.
A lawyer for convicted drug traffickers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran had filed an appeal against the rejection of their request for presidential clemency.
The attorney said the judge ruled that the court did not have jurisdiction in the case, but he said this is not the final step.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) LAWYER, TODUNG MULYA LUBIS SAYING:
“But we do have rights to challenge that. The judge told us we have fourteen days to lodge our challenge and we will file our challenge against the stipulation of the court and hopefully we’ll get hearing to examine and to go into more detail.”
Just as the appeal was rejected, President Joko Widodo was standing firm on all death sentences.
(SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Indonesia) INDONESIA PRESIDENT JOKO WIDODO SAYING:
“There shouldn’t be any intervention towards the death penalty because it is our sovereign right to exercise our law. And regarding the death penalty, it is within our law.”
Indonesia has harsh penalties for drug trafficking and resumed executions in 2013.
Brazil and the Netherlands recalled their ambassadors to Indonesia after two of their citizens were executed last month.
Australia has said it would consider doing the same if these planned executions are carried out.