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Bali duo’s mercy bid denied

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A Jakarta court has ruled that Bali Nine members Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran cannot challenge the decision to deny him clemency.

Lawyers for the Bali Nine duo have made an appeal in the state administrative court on Monday.

The two men applied to challenge president Joko Widodo’s refusal to grant pardons to any drug smugglers.

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Three judges from the administrative court said that clemency fell under the constitution but not under administrative law and was not in its jurisdiction, the ABC reports.

The court said it could only hear matters to do with regulations created by parliament or government.

The judges dismissed expert witness testimony provided by Mr Widodo’s lawyers because they did not appear in person.

It is believed if both are denied that chance it still does not mean they will face a firing squad straight away.

The Indonesian Government is waiting for all of those listed for execution alongside the Australians to exhaust all legal avenues of appeal.

How long that could take is still unclear.

More to come.