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Chan Seeks a Last Chance at Life

Bali Nine's Andrew Chanís Request for Clemency Now on President Susiloís Desk

(6/15/2012) As the deadline fell under new rules meant to shorten the time people spend on death row, Andrew Chan, one of the two remaining “Bali Nine” still on death row, filed a formal request to Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in May, seeking that his death sentence be commuted into life in prison.

The spokesman for the Denpasar District Court, Amser Simanjutak, confirmed to MetroTVnews that the request for clemency filed by Andrew Chan on May 11, 2012, has now been processed and forwarded to the President in Jakarta.

Separately, Gusti Ngurah Wiratna, the chief warden of the Kerobokan prison where Chan is imprisoned, confirmed that a request that Chan’s death sentence be reduced to life in prison has been sent to the President in recognition of the prisoner's age and the hope that he be given this final chance to live and reform his life.

Chan was sentenced to death by the Denpasar District Court on February 14, 2006, a sentence that was reaffirmed by the High Court in Denpasar on April 20, 2006. A further consultative review of his sentence by the Indonesian Supreme Court in August 2006 certified the legal appropriateness of the court’s decision to present the two remaining Australians under sentence of death before a firing squad. In coming to that conclusion, the presiding judge at the Supreme Court ruled that the Bali Nine, by virtue of their attempt to smuggle 8.2 kilograms of heroin from Bali to Australia, had put the nation and its people at mortal risk.

As a result, Chan's request for clemency from the Indonesia President represents his last ditch chance to avoid execution.

The remaining Australian member of the “Bali Nine” on death row, Myuran Sukumaran, has until July 6, 2012, to file his request for presidential clemency.

In May 2011, then 25-year-old Scott Rush, another member of the Bali Nine, successfully appealed to the Supreme Court for a commutation of his death sentence to life-in-prison.

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