Bali Nine: Lawyers demand investigation into judge bribery reports as Bishop warned against making pleas

Lawyers representing the Bali Nine’s Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan may demand an investigation into reports the judges presiding over the pair’s trail asked for bribes, as Julie Bishop has been advised against a last minute clemency please.

It is alleged by a former lawyer that the judges who handed down the death sentence to Sukumaran and Chan asked for bribes in exchange for a lesser sentence.

If the allegations are true, it raises questions whether or not the pair had a legitimate hearing and sentence under the Indonesian legal system.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott would not comment on the bribery claims.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has been advised against making a last minute plea for clemency for Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, who are among those due to executed in Indonesia.

Ms Bishop has told ABC radio that the move could be counterproductive.

Australian diplomats along with representatives from all countries, whose citizens are facing execution, will meet in Jakarta today.

The meeting will outline the procedure, including timing, media coverage and when families will be notified.

Both Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop have repeatedly pleaded with the Indonesian Government for clemency for the two Australians.

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