Joko Widodo refuses to grant Bali Nine duo clemency

Australian death-row prisoners Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
Australian death-row prisoners Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. Firdia Lisnawati, File

BALI Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have edged closer to their execution day after a decision by a top Indonesian court today.

Three state administrative court judges said they could not consider their appeal against Joko Widodo's refusal to offer them clemency and spare them from the firing squad.

The court said presidential clemency decisions were governed by the country's constitution and as such were outside of the court's jurisdiction of administrative law.

This means the court can only hear cases related to government created legislation or regulations.

Lawyers for Chan and Sukumaran challenged Mr Widodo's decision based on the fact that he did not consider each case on its individual merits.

When Chan and Sukumaran will die remains unknown as the Indonesian Government waits for other death-row inmates to complete their appeals processes.

Chan and Sukumaran have been hailed for turning their lives around during the 10 years they have spent on death row.

The convicted drug smugglers are housed on Nusakambangan, which is also known as Execution Island.

They were sentenced to death in 2006 after being found guilty for the roles they played in the infamous Bali Nine heroin smuggling plot.

They, along with seven others, planned to import heroin into Australia.

Jakarta's Catholic Archbishop, Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjos said the death penalty was a "failure of humanity".


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