Fresh legal bid underway for Bali Nine duo

Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan. (AAP)

Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan. (AAP)

A new effort to halt the momentum behind Indonesia’s plans to execute Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran has begun.

Indonesian lawyers for the pair on Wednesday lodged a challenge of President Joko Widodo’s decision to deny the pair clemency without looking at their cases.

Mr Joko says he won’t succumb to outside pressure to show mercy to drug offenders on death row.

But a lawyer for the Bali Nine duo, Ponti Azani, says this blanket treatment of drugs cases is a violation of several regulations, which require the president to consider in detail the conditions of the prisoners seeking clemency.

He hoped authorities would halt their plans to execute the men this month, pending the administrative court’s decision.

“We will notify the prosecutor so that they can consider, that at this moment, there’s another legal effort on that presidential decree that rejects Myuran and Andrew’s clemency.”

The lawyers’ aim was for Mr Joko to consider the cases of Chan and Sukumaran – who are considered Kerobokan jail’s model prisoners – on their merits.

Mr Ponti encouraged the president to visit the prison and see their work to rehabilitate themselves and others first hand.

“If the president could go there, I’m sure it would appeal to his humanity because personally, I’ve seen over the 10 years that there have been significant changes in Myuran and Andrew,” he said.

In Bali on Wednesday evening, young friends of the pair gathered to make an online video campaign.

Bali-born organiser Cahya Xander, who spent six months in Kerobokan as a 17-year-old for drug possession, said seeing two men on death row do such positive work for others had been an inspiration to him.

“The government can only understand that this is foreign pressure being put on the government, but it’s also from people within Indonesia,” he said.

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