Saturday, June 18, 2011

Death-Row Chan Loses Final Appeal

JAKARTA

Australian drug smuggler sentenced to death in Bali has lost his appeal against the punishment, his lawyer said on Friday.

Andrew Chan learned of the decision when the Supreme Court posted its ruling, dated May 11, on its website, lawyer Todung Mulya Lubis.

“We just found out today that Andrew Chan’s judicial review has been rejected,” he said.

He said he did not know the grounds for the rejection or why it took five weeks for Chan, 27, to become aware of his fate.

“I’m very disappointed about this decision because I don’t think Andrew deserves the death penalty. I’m very sad,” he said.

It was not clear if Chan would be able to seek any further judicial review of his sentence, his lawyer said.

Chan was a member of the so-called Bali Nine drug gang that attempted to smuggle eight kilograms of heroin into Australia from the Indonesian resort island of Bali in 2005.

Another member of the gang who is facing the firing squad, Myuran Sukumaran, also has an appeal pending.

A third member, Scott Rush, won an appeal against his death sentence last month, and is now serving life in jail.

Six other gang members are serving lengthy jail sentences.

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