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A lawyer for Indonesian death row inmates Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan says their legal team won’t stop trying to get their sentences commuted, amid fears the pair could be executed soon.

Sukumaran and Chan are among the prisoners Indonesia plans to execute next, making legal efforts to save them even more urgent.

Indonesia’s Attorney-General HM Prasetyo said on Wednesday the government was “still finding the right time” for the next executions of citizens of France, Ghana, Cordova, Brazil, The Philippines, Australia and Indonesia.

Chan and Sukumaran are the only Australians on death row in Indonesia.

Usually, prisoners are notified three days ahead of the sentence being carried out by a firing squad.

‘We won’t stop our efforts even if we get that notification,’ one of their Australian lawyers Peter Morrissey told Nine Network’s Today program on Thursday.

‘The report about being on the list is not very encouraging.’

Mr Morrissey said their legal team was still planning to go back to court to seek a judicial review.

‘We didn’t really get a proper hearing on the last occasion when we went to court,’ he said.

The current appeal is an attempt to get that hearing.

‘The lawyers in Indonesia are trying to file that right now, and that battle is going on,’ Mr Morrissey said.

‘It will keep us going over the next few days.’

Mr Morrissey said Sukumaran and Chan were receiving a lot of support.
”But, of course, the mood is sombre and sad.”

Indonesia sent six death row drug offenders to the firing squad last week.


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