Australian drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran
Australian drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran JEWEL SAMAD

Judge adjourns Bali Nine case until next week

A JUDGE has adjourned Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan's court cases for their final clemency bid until March 19.

Lawyers for the convicted Bali Nine drug traffickers are attempting to challenge the President's clemency stance.

The matter was set down for today but the judges were forced to adjourn after the only legal representative for President Joko Widodo failed to present  the necessary paper work.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has not yet heard from Indonesia after offering to pay the lifetime prison costs of two Australians facing execution.

Ms Bishop wrote to Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi making the offer, if a prisoner swap was not possible for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukamaran.

But, Mr Marsudi's response ruled out the prisoner swap but has not responded to the offer of paying the cost of life imprisonment for the pair if they were granted mercy.

The execution of the pair is still expected, but was delayed by up to two weeks on Thursday, as another prisoner due to face the firing squad alongside them has begun a legal appeal.


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