Indonesian court rejects last-ditch appeal by Australian death-row convict

An Indonesian court rejected a last-ditch challenge by Australian drug convict Andrew Chan and fellow Australian Myuran Sukumaran, who are facing execution by firing squad, a verdict the attorney general’s office said left him with no further legal avenues to avoid the death penalty. He and Sukumaran were convicted in 2006 as the ringleaders of a plot to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia. The Australian pair are among 10 drug convicts due to be executed by firing squad on the prison island of Nusakambangan. Others in the group include citizens of France, Brazil, the Philippines, Ghana, Nigeria and Indonesia. Widodo denied clemency to the convicts despite repeated pleas from Australia, Brazil and France.