JAKARTA - The Constitutional Court in Indonesia has rejected a challenge to the death penalty which was brought by three members of the so-called 'Bali Nine', who are on death row. Convicted drug trafficker Scott Rush and the ringleaders of the Bali Nine, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were the initiators. The Constitutional Court rejected the challenge to the death penalty in Indonesia saying that the ultimate punishment is according to the Indonesian law.
The majority opinion of the nine-member bench found that drug offenses constitute the most serious crimes which endangered people's lives. The majority of the judges said that the death penalty should be applied carefully however and only for producers of drugs traffickers and distributors. This decision means that six of the nine on death row in Indonesia will receive no protection according to the Indonesian constitution.