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Bali duo plead for lives


DEVASTATED Bali Nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have written a fiveline letter to the Indonesian Government, begging for the chance to continue helping the community.

The letter, signed by the two Sydney men on death row, comes a day after a Bali court rejected their applicatio­n for a last-ditch legal appeal.

Friend and former prisoner Matius Arif visited Chan and Sukumaran and later released their letter.

“We beg for moratorium, so we can have chance to serve to Indonesian community and bring more benefit on the rehabilita­tion process in prison. We believe in Indonesia’s legal system that bring justice and humanity,” the letter says.

Mr Arif said both men were upset at the rejection of their applicatio­n for a judicial review, which comes as the Government prepares to legislate to allow more than one review.

The pair’s lawyers vowed the fight to spare them from the firing squad is not over.

Indonesian lawyer Todung Mulya Lubis said: “We will continue trying to save them by conducting other legal attempts to save them.”

Mr Lubis said the legal team had yet to be given a copy of the Denpasar District Court’s letter rejecting the appeal bid.

Sukumaran’s devastated family has visited him. Mum Raji was supported by his brother Chinthu and other family members.

Chan’s mother Helen is also in Bali, along with a sister and other family.

The Government has said Chan and Sukumaran are among the next group of drug traffickin­g prisoners to be executed in Indonesia, but has yet to name a date.

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