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Drugs duo's death sentence upheld

An Indonesian court has rejected appeals by two Australian drug traffickers trying to avoid their executions.

Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were challenging President Joko Widodo's decision to refuse them clemency.

The Jakarta High Administrative Court agreed with a lower court that the case is out of their jurisdiction because clemency is the prerogative of the president.

Sukumaran and Chan are among 10 drug smugglers whose planned executions last month were adjourned due to last-minute appeals from six inmates.

The other foreigners among the 10 include three Nigerians, a Filipino woman and men from Brazil, France and Ghana.

Serge Areski Atlaoui from France and Martin Anderson of Ghana are still waiting for the outcome of their request for judicial reviews by the Supreme Court.

Last month, the country's highest court rejected judicial reviews by Filipino Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso.

The planned executions have soured relations between Indonesia and other countries, especially Australia and Brazil.

Mr Widodo has vowed not to grant mercy to drug offenders because he says Indonesia is suffering a "drug emergency".

Jakarta executed six drug convicts including five foreigners in January, brushing aside last-minute appeals from Brazil and the Netherlands.


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