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September 25, 2021
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Indonesia AG: Executions to go ahead Despite Pending Legal Processes


by Allanah Leahy – EM TV Online

A lawyer representing Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, who were arrested in 2006 and are currently on death row on drug smuggling charges, has called on the Indonesian attorney general to respect legal processes.

Indonesia Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo declared earlier this month that the judicial review of the rejected clemency request and a judicial review to the constitutional court, bot filed by Chan and Sukumaran’s legal team, are ineffective. 

“The administrative court has already rejected the claim. We all know that clemency is not an object to argue in the administrative court, so it is finished now. We also heard that they will file a judicial review to the constitutional court – that’s their business, we are not affected at all.

And if they file it, it won’t change the decision that has already been made. We will not wait anymore and the legal process will not hinder execution,” Prasetyo said.

The remarks prompted Todung Mulya Lubis, lawyer of Chan and Sukumaran, yesterday to call on the attorney general to respect the legal process, particularly a pending response from the constitutional court on their appeal request.

“I have to repeat this over and over that we are talking here about the life of people. We are talking about fundamental human rights of people’s right to life. So if they ignore that, you know, I think they would betray the spirit of human rights itself,” Lubis said in a press conference.

The legal team is challenging the clemency law and the law saying foreigners are unable to file a judicial review.

“We filed a judicial review, [and] Attorney General Spokesman Tony Spontana said that this is a law process that is meant to delay the execution, so this judicial review will not stop them from executing. That’s what they said. But I advise the attorney generals, I respectfully ask the attorney generals to respect eh judicial review process,” Lubis said.

 

Source: Reuters

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