The two ringleaders of the Bali Nine — a group of Australians convicted of drug trafficking in Indonesia — had their final appeals against their death sentences adjourned until March 19 after a representative of President Joko Widodo was unable to show the court any signed document bestowing the power of attorney.
Judge Ujang Abdullah postponed Thursday’s hearing of the convicted narcotics smugglers for one week, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. This gives the duo more time to appeal to Joko for clemency.
Legal counsel for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, convicted of masterminding the trafficking of 8.3 kg of heroin in 2005, argue their pleas and rehabilitation requests have been rejected because of the President’s refusal to assess each case individually.
The pair are due to be executed by firing squad simultaneously with all other foreigners on death row for drugs offenses.
However, this means their death sentences may be delayed for weeks or even months because of a backlog of cases. The Attorney General is waiting for the decision on a judicial review for a Filipino maid convicted of smuggling, a French national arrested at an ecstasy laboratory, and investigators are scrutinizing allegations that the judges in the cases of Chan and Sukumaran’s solicited bribes in exchange for lighter terms.
More Must-Reads From TIME
- Inside the White House Program to Share America's Secrets
- Meet the 2024 Women of the Year
- East Palestine, One Year After Train Derailment
- The Closers: 18 People Working to End the Racial Wealth Gap
- Long COVID Doesn’t Always Look Like You Think It Does
- Column: The New Antisemitism
- The 13 Best New Books to Read in March
- Want Weekly Recs on What to Watch, Read, and More? Sign Up for Worth Your Time
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org