Final challenge to appeal Bali Nine executions fails

Australian death-row prisoners Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
Australian death-row prisoners Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. Firdia Lisnawati, File

A LAST-ditch effort from lawyers of the Bali Nine pair to save their clients from the firing squad has failed.

The transfer of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran from Kerobokan Prison to an island for the executions was delayed last week.

Yesterday, the nation's state administrative court heard arguments from lawyer Todung Mulya Lubis that Indonesian President Joko Widodo should reconsider their clemency bid, ABC has reported.

The court threw out the challenge on grounds it did not have jurisdiction over presidential decrees

Mr Mulya earlier told ABC he believed there was strong legal ground for the case.

Despite public vigils across Australia and appeals for mercy from Australian leaders, Mr Widodo has refused to grant the pair clemency from the death penalty over their roles as ringleaders of a heroin smuggling group.

But Mr Widodo has publicly confirmed he considered the pair's clemency bids as part of 64 such bids, rather than separately.

It is unclear whether the case will affect the government's decision.

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