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Nimbin to hold ‘joint vigil’ for Bali death-row pair

Nimbin people are holding a vigil today in support of Australian death-row prisoners Myuran Sukumaran (l) and Andrew Chan. Photo AAP

Nimbin people are holding a vigil today in support of Australian death-row prisoners Myuran Sukumaran (l) and Andrew Chan. Photo AAP

Drug law reform advocates and death-row opponents have been invited to a ‘joint vigil’ in Nimbin today to protest against the death sentences of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

The Australian pair is facing a firing squad for their roles in the attempted importation of heroin into Australia from Indonesia.

The Nimbin Hemp Embassy and Hemp Olympix are organizing the vigil, which will take place in Allsopp Park in Nimbin from 3.33pm until 4.20pm.

Nimbin Olympix president Chibo Mertineit said the vigil would demand a stop to the killings, to ‘stupid police actions’ and the war on drugs.

‘We invite anybody to come along, especially victims of the war on drugs and medicinal cannabis users and light a candle,’ Mr Mertineit said.

The vigil comes as Indonesia announced yesterday that the convicted pair would not be sent to their execution place this wee.

The delay has come about because the cells where Chan, Sukumaran and others were to await their execution on Nusakambangan island were at capacity as five other prisoners are already there waiting to face the firing squad.

Lawyers for the Sydney men are hoping it means their clients will still be alive next Tuesday, when they have a day in court.

In a rare move, they are challenging in the administrative court President Joko Widodo’s blanket ban on clemency for Chan, Sukumaran and all death row drug offenders.

They argue it fails to judge individual cases on their merits.

Lawyer Todung Mulya Lubis on Monday appealed for Indonesia’s Attorney-General HM Prasetyo to halt plans to move the men and to wait for the legal challenge, for the sake of fairness.

Tony Spontana, spokesman for Mr Prasetyo, said plans to execute them have not changed.

‘All that’s changed is the transfer plan, which was scheduled to be finished this week,’ he said.

The prisoners will get 72 hours notice of their execution.

Mr Prasetyo plans to announce the execution date once Chan, Sukumaran and other prisoners to face the firing squad are secured on the island known as Indonesia’s Alcatraz.

He had wanted them all to be executed at the same time.

Mr Spontana says the delay will also allow time for a Brazilian prisoner, Rodrigo Gularte, to have a second medical examination.

Lawyers for Gularte say he suffers a mental illness, but Mr Spontana said the examination was at the request of Nusakambangan prison authorities, not the drug smuggler’s representatives.

President Joko insists the Bali Nine duo and other drug offenders sentenced to death should be executed to shock the nation out of a ‘drugs emergency’.

Barrister Julian McMahon said the delay meant the legal proceedings for Chan and Sukumaran could go on without unnecessary haste.

‘That’s a welcome relief, it takes away the sense of urgency,’ he told reporters in Bali.

‘It enables my clients to get back to doing what they’ve been doing for years now which is their work in rehabilitation and helping other prisoners.

‘If there is any delay, however slight, that’s welcome news.’

– with AAP


3 responses to “Nimbin to hold ‘joint vigil’ for Bali death-row pair”

  1. mick smethurst says:

    If these pair had not been caught they would have recruited a lot more Australians to do their dirty work so I for one say let the executions take place it might wake up some of the would be drug smugglers, and if we had the death penalty here in Australia for drug trafficking there would be a lot less drugs on the street, and at the present time the police can not keep up with ICE epidemic

  2. Steven Frank says:

    “Joint vigil” Pothead Olympicx, “stupid police actions” etc. etc . Yeah dudes, you’re really presenting a great argument for Joko Widodo to jump the fence on this one. Probably best for those two if you just STFU and keep to your own bubble..

  3. Jon says:

    Like attracts like is my response. Fat lot of good it’ll do having vigils for guys who aren’t dead yet. I shouldn’t think the Indonesian President or judiciary will be moved by the Nimbin mob supporting this pair, quite the opposite in fact.

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