Indonesian prosecutors have called on the country’s supreme court to uphold the death sentences of Bali Nine ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.


Prosecutor Siti Sawiyah on Friday said death by firing squad was the appropriate punishment for the Sydney drug traffickers and that their final appeal – known as a judicial review – should be thrown out of court.

“These man have committed a crime that was organised, with a neatly arranged plan, it was orderly and secretive,” Ms Sawiyah told the Denpasar District Court.

“The Indonesian Supreme Court in Jakarta, which will examine this case should … reject the judicial review.”

Fellow prosecutor Ida Ayu Sulasmi said the death penalty was necessary to deter others from committing similar crimes.

“The Indonesian people and society, especially the people of Bali, consider Bali a tourist destination and illegal distribution of narcotics is a serious threat that could alter the image of Bali tourism,” she said.

Chan, 26, and Sukumaran, 29, were two of nine Australians convicted over a 2005 attempt to smuggle more than eight kilograms of heroin out of Bali.

Their judicial review seeks to have their death sentences reduced to 20 years’ prison.

Appeal hearings have been held in the Denpasar court, but the case will now be sent to the supreme court for a verdict.

The appeal rests in large part on evidence the men have been successfully rehabilitated and are now role models inside prison.

It also argues previous rulings against the men erred by finding them guilty of exporting drugs, even though they were caught before exportation actually occurred.

If the appeal fails, the pair will be forced to seek clemency from Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who generally takes a dim view of drug smugglers.

Fellow Bali Nine death row inmate Scott Rush’s judicial review is also currently before the supreme court.

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.

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