Indonesian court to rule on death penalty

Indonesian court to rule on death penalty

Indonesian court to rule on death penalty

Updated 19 December 2011, 12:02 AEDT

Indonesia's Constitutional Court is due to rule on Tuesday on an appeal by three Australian drug traffickers facing execution.

The three men are part of a drug smuggling ring known as the Bali Nine.

Jakarta correspondent Geoff Thompson reports that the challenge to the death penalty has been brought before Indonesia's Constitutional Court by the Bali Nine drug courier Scott Rush and the heroin smuggling ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

The trio, along with Matthew Norman, Si Yi Chen and Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen who are also on death row, will learn on Tuesday whether the death penalty for drug offences is consistent with Indonesia's constitution.

A decision against the death penalty will not apply to existing sentences but may form the basis of a final appeal and will also place pressure on Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to grant clemency to death row inmates.

On Monday, the three Bali Bombers awaiting the firing squad have again said they would not be seeking Presidential mercy.