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In conversation with SBS Radio Indonesian, Melbourne University law expert, Tim Lindsey, says the executions of the two Australian citizens in Indonesia should be postponed until the Judicial Commission concludes the investigation over allegations of corruption of the legal process.
By
Sri Dean / SBS Radio Indonesian

27 Apr 2015 - 7:35 PM  UPDATED 27 Apr 2015 - 7:40 PM

On Sunday 26th April, Australian citizens Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, were told the Indonesian Court had rejected their final judicial review. They were sentenced to death in February 2006 for taking part in a plan to smuggle heroin from Indonesia to Australia.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian Judicial Commission is investigating an accusation of corruption of the legal process, including bribes to judges.

The discovery of corruped judges would make the Indonesian legal process ilegitimate. Nevertheless, there are serious concerns that the execution will take place tomorrow (Tuesday 28th April 2015).

Melbourne University law expert, Tim Lindsey, told SBS Radio Indonesian, that whereas the Judicial Commission is not a Court, it is still a Constitutional agency.

In his opinion, the execution should be postponed until the Judicial Commission arrives to a conclusion.

Professor Lindsey says that if the execution takes place before the pronunciation of the Judicial Commission,  the relations between Australia and Indonesia will be seriously damaged.