JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Lawyers for two Australians facing execution in Indonesia on drug smuggling charges said Monday they plan to challenge the president’s rejection of their clemency appeals as a last resort.
Andrew Chan, 31, and Myuran Sukumaran, 33, are among nine Australians who were arrested in 2005 on charges of attempting to smuggle 8.3 kilogrammes (18.3 pounds) of heroin from Bali to Australia. The group has been dubbed the “Bali Nine” by Australian media.
The two men are being held in Denpasar, the capital of the resort island of Bali.
President Joko Widodo has rejected their clemency appeals and vowed not to grant mercy to any other drug offenders because Indonesia is suffering a “drug emergency”.
Last week, the Attorney General’s Office announced the government is preparing to execute eight drug smugglers, including the two Australians, but declined to say when.
However, Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said on Friday that his ministry has informed the Australian Embassy that Chan and Sukumaran will be executed this month by firing squad.