Convicted Australian drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have written another letter begging the Indonesian government to spare their lives.
The ringleaders of the so-called Bali Nine heroin-smuggling group were yesterday denied a chance for a second judicial review.
It is now expected they could be put to death within weeks as president Joko Widodo has also rejected their requests for pardons.
In a letter containing just two sentences, Chan and Sukumaran begged for a moratorium so they could continue to help with rehabilitation programs they have been running in their Bali prison.
“We believe in [an] Indonesian legal system that brings justice and harmony,” the letter said.
The pair had recently been denied presidential pardons, which was considered the last avenue of appeal, but attempted to have the courts reopen the case.
At a press conference in Bali on Wednesday, court spokesman Hasoloan Sianturi announced the application had been denied.
Earlier this month Chan and Sukumaran wrote longer letters directly to the president, expressing their remorse and asking Mr Widodo to reconsider his decision not to grant clemency.
But Mr Widodo stated since December that he would not grant clemency for any drug cases, with the country experiencing up to 50 drug-related deaths per day.
The pair’s latest plea came as a campaigner against the death penalty pointed to a poll published by triple j as being partly responsible for Chan and Sukumaran’s impending executions.
Greg Craven, vice chancellor of the Australian Catholic University, said Chan and Sukumaran’s bid for clemency was stymied in part by the survey, which showed a slim majority of Australians supported the death penalty.
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