1. Unconfirmed reports that Melbourne teenager Jake Bilardi has been involved in suicide bombings.
There are reports that Melbourne teenager turned Islamic State supporter Jake Bilardi has carried out a suicide bombing in Iraq.
Pro-IS twitter accounts claim that the 18-year old was one of the suicide bombers who carried out an attack on the city of Ramadi yesterday.
At least 10 people died and 30 were wounded.
The IB Times reports that in one of the images which shows a young man sitting below an IS flag with another man the caption reads “The Australian brother who carried out Martyrdom operation in Ramadi, Al Anbar.”
2. Bali Nine: Last appeal today.
Lawyers for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will today make their last effort at having the mens’ death penalty appealed.
Lawyer Todung Mulya Lubis will today appear in court challenging President Joko Widodo failure to assess the pair’s rehabilitation or give reasons for rejecting their clemency.
Yesterday a death row inmate who is scheduled to lose his life alongside Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran had his case adjourned until March 25 after he went to court in a judicial review of his death sentence.
Fairfax Media reports that the timing of another prisoner’s review as well may affect the executions of the 10 drug felons.
The Supreme Court has said it could take up to three months to resolve the judicial review Filipino migrant worker Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, which could leave Chan and Sukumaran in limbo for a while longer.
3. Bali Nine: Australian Islamic clerics in Indonesia to appeal for clemency.
By George Roberts and Jane Norman
Australia’s most senior Islamic cleric is in the Indonesian capital to plead for the lives of two Australian death-row prisoners to be spared.
Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, members of the so-called Bali Nine heroin trafficking group, are listed for execution after president Joko Widodo denied them clemency. Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, the Grand Mufti of Australia, met with Indonesia’s religious affairs minister Lukman Saifuddin to urge the Indonesian government to show mercy.
He was accompanied in Jakarta by two Indonesian-born Australian clerics.
Last month Dr Mohammad expressed his concern for the two Australians at a joint media conference with Sydney Catholic Archbishop Anthony Fisher.
“By all accounts Andrew and Myuran have come to appreciate clearly the gravity of their crimes,” Dr Mohammad said at the time.”
These Sydney-born men have had a long time to think about what they have done while in Kerobokan prison and on death row.”
Dr Mohammad said mercy and forgiveness were at the heart of Islam.
Independent Senator Nick Xenophon also travelled to Indonesia to support the Grand Mufti’s mission, which he said could only do good for the two condemned Australians.
Speaking from Jakarta, Senator Xenophon said he had been talking to as many people as possible about the case, including both human rights and Islamic groups.