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Indonesia rejects death row appeal

Monday, April 06, 2015 - 00:47

An Indonesian court rejects a last-ditch legal challenge by Andrew Chan, one of two Australians facing execution on drug smuggling charges. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) An Indonesian court on Monday (April 6) rejected a last-ditch legal challenge by Australian drug convict Andrew Chan, who is facing execution by firing squad. Chan challenged the court's decision not to hear an appeal against President Joko Widodo's refusal of clemency. He and fellow Australian Myuran Sukumaran were convicted in 2006 as the ringleaders of a plot to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia. The administrative court was ruling on an identical appeal by Sukumaran the same day. The rejection of Chan's challenge means that he has exhausted all avenues of legal recourse, according to a spokesman for the Attorney General. The Australian pair are among 10 drug convicts due to be executed by firing squad at the prison island of Nusakambangan. Others in the group include citizens of France, Brazil, the Philippines, Ghana, Nigeria and Indonesia. Widodo denied clemency to the convicts despite repeated pleas from Australia, Brazil and France. Indonesia has harsh penalties for drug trafficking and resumed executions in 2013 after a five-year gap.

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Indonesia rejects death row appeal

Monday, April 06, 2015 - 00:47