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Monday, 27 April 2015

Bali Nine: Indonesia court agrees to hear case on May 12: lawyer

In breaking news just in, the condemned Bali Nine duo will reportedly have a last appeal heard by the Indonesian Constitutional Court, though it's unclear if their executions will be stayed. (This blog post was updated overnight - see updates below).


The court will hear Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan’s appeal on May 12, reports said.
This news comes on the eve of the duo's scheduled executions, which were expected to take place shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning.
Former lawyer for the pair, Muhammed Rifan, today claimed Indonesian judges asked for more than $130,000 in exchange for a sentence of less than 20 years in prison.
Andrew Chan married his fiancé today as the duo on death row prepared to be killed.
"For the Bali Nine (pair), we have the Constitutional Court appeal, we have the registration number and we have the schedule fixed on May 12," Leonard Arpan, lawyer for Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, told reporters.
"We keep hoping that this ongoing legal process will be respected."
This report from news wires and this report on sbs.com.au

UPDATED OVERNIGHT:

While Indonesia's constitutional court has agreed to hear the case on May 12, Indonesia is still intending to proceed with the executions, and it is understood the pair still have only 24 hours to live.

UPDATED TUESDAY MORNING:

This morning it has been reported that Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has continued her pleas for clemency for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran as their final hours draw closer.
She this morning revealed that she had received a letter from Indonesia confirming it planned to go ahead with the executions of the two men.
“They gave no indication that President (Joko) Widodo would change his mind and grant the clemency that we have sought,” she told the Nine Network.
Indonesia has not formally revealed the date when it plans to execute the two men by firing squad. It is believed to be on track for midnight tonight.
For more, see here.
UPDATED:

In an online video, titled "Save our boys Mr Abbott", prominent Australian actors, musicians and writers use strong language to urge Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to travel to Indonesia.
Those who appear in the film include actors Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, Bryan Brown, Deborah Mailman, Joel Edgerton and Brendan Cowell.
compassion you'd go to Indonesia and bring these boys home," Brendan Cowell says in the video. "Show some balls."
See the video here:

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