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Bali nine executions: Lawyers deny delay tactics as they lodge Constitutional Court action

Indonesia's Attorney-General H. M. Prasetyo
Indonesia's Attorney-General H. M. Prasetyo
Lawyers for the Bali nine pair have denied a challenge filed in the Constitutional Court on Thursday is a tactic to delay the executions of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.

Attorney-General H. M. Prasetyo has accused the men's legal team of "playing with justice" and vowed the latest legal action would not affect the timing of the men's deaths.

On the eve of the 10th anniversary of Chan and Sukumaran's arrest in Bali over the attempted trafficking of 8.3 kilograms of heroin to Australia, lawyers arrived at the Constitutional Court with two boxes of documents.

Lawyer Inneke Kusuma said the men's lawyers would ask the Indonesian government to hold off executing the men until the legal process was complete.

"We are not seeking ways to delay the execution," Ms Kusama said.

"We want to fight for their (the Bali nine duo's) rights ... there is still unfinished process. If the Constitutional Court accepts what we're lodging there may be a new mechanism to consider clemency."

Time appears to be running out for the Australians.

Mr Prasetyo this week said he would set a date for the executions when the Supreme Court had ruled on the case review requests made by just two of the other prisoners on death row - Serge Areski Atlaoui of France and Martin Anderson of Ghana.

This is despite the fact other prisoners also have outstanding legal cases.

However the executions are unlikely to occur in April given the Asian-African conference will be held in Jakarta and Bandung from April 19 to 24.

"It wouldn't look good if you have many guests and you shoot people, although it is legal," Mr Prasetyo said earlier this week. However his spokesman, Tony Spontana, later said they could proceed this month if they could find a good day.


Source: The Sydney Morning Herald, Jewel Topsfield, April 9, 2015

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