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Bali 9 Appeal Dismissed

Words By: Helene Lambetsos
Image Credit: ABC

After months of bated breath from around the nation, the State Administrative Court of Jakarta have thrown out the appeals of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.

The Bali nine organizers lost their last ditch legal appeal to save them from the firing squad on the grounds that the court did not have the jurisdiction to rule on presidential decrees.
The pair’s clemency bid was originally rejected by Indonesian president Joko Widodo, which they appealed to the court.
Chan and Sukumaran will remain in semi-isolation on Nusakambangan Island until the outcomes of the legal cases of other death row inmates are known.

The Indonesian government vowed to execute the 10 drug felons simultaneously, to avoid further damaging the psychological state of the inmates.
The pair’s lawyer Professor Todung Mulya Lubis told Fairfax Media before the decision was brought down that the legal team would have to think “outside the box” if the appeal failed.

“We will have to find our way and ground to launch another legal action.”