Bendigo vigil held for Bali nine: Photos

Bendigo vigil held for Bali nine: Photos Bendigo Law Association president Jennifer Digby.
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Bendigo Law Association president Jennifer Digby.

Bendigo Law Association holds a minute of silence.

Bendigo Law Association president Jennifer Digby.

Bendigo Law Association holds a minute of silence.

TweetFacebookMEMBERS of the Bendigo Law Association took part in a vigil on Wednesdaymorning in protest of the death penalty and to urge the Indonesian government to grant two of the Bali nineclemency.

The event was organisedin conjunction with a vigil held on the steps of the County Court in Melbourne.

Australians’Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were convicted of drug charges in Indonesia in 2005 and sentenced to death.

The pair have served 10 years in custody.

BLA president Jennifer Rigby said the death penalty was “barbaric”.

“We haven’t had the death penalty in this country for a very long time,” she said.

“The important thing about it is these men are rehabilitated now. They’ve spent 10 years in prison.

“They have workedvery hard to make amends.

“An important cornerstone of the law is that people are able to demonstrate that they show redemption.”

Ms Digby said there would be afeeling of devastation among the law community if the executions were to go ahead.However, she said the most recent delay in the men’s executions had sparked a small ray of hope.

“We seem to be at acrossroad, whereby thereprieve to not send themen to the island for execution has been stayed, but we don’t really know what thatmeans,” she said.

“There are people working very hardwith the legal proceedings which are still on foot, and I note that Peter Morrissey SC, who is part of that legal team, has said that while that is still happening these men can not be executed. So I think there is a little bit of hope there.”