Two Bali Nine convicts seek for reduction of death sentences

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Two Australian drug convicts on death row formally launched a final appeal on Friday, seeking to have their sentences reduced to 20-year jail terms, a media reported here Friday.

Lawyers for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, members of the so- called 'Bali Nine' syndicate of heroin smugglers, lodged the long- awaited appeal to the Supreme Court via the Denpasar District Court, the Jakarta Post said.

Chan, 26, and Sukumaran, 29, were convicted over an attempt in 2005 to smuggle 8.3 kg of heroin into Australia from the holiday island of Bali. Chan and Sukumaran are launching their appeal less than a month after fellow Bali Nine death row inmate Scott Anthony Rush launched his own.

If the final appeals fail, the three men will be left with just one last chance to avoid the death sentence, clemency from Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Five other members of the drug smuggling plot, Martin Stephens, Matthew Norman, Michael Czugaj, Si Yi Chen and Tan Duc Than Nguyen, are serving life sentences in Bali's Kerobokan Prison.

Stephens' judicial review is currently being considered by Indonesia's Supreme Court.

The final member of the drug ring, courier Renae Lawrence, is serving a 20-year sentence.

Source: Xinhua

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