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Jakarta Post

Inmates to die Tuesday, delay for Frenchman

  • Agus Maryono

    The Jakarta Post

Cilacap, Central Java   /   Sun, April 26, 2015   /  01:08 pm

Indonesia said Saturday it has officially notified nine drug convicts that they will be executed, but Frenchman Serge Atlaoui, who has a legal appeal outstanding, won a delay, AFP reported.

'€œToday, just now, we just finished notifying every convict, nine people except for Serge,'€ a spokesman for the Attorney General'€™s Office, Tony Spontana, told AFP, adding it would be at least three days until the sentences are carried out.

While Spontana did not give a date for the executions, Utomo Karim, who represents one of the foreign drug convicts, Nigerian Raheem Agbaje, told The Jakarta Post that the executions would occur on Tuesday.

'€œYes, I have received the notification, as has Raheem, that the execution will be held on Tuesday,'€ he said in Cilacap, Central Java.

A lawyer for Filipina death row inmate Mary Jane Veloso also said her client has been informed that she will be executed on Tuesday.

'€œWe were informed by Mary Jane herself that she received the notice that the sentence will be implemented on April 28,'€ lawyer Minnie Lopez told AFP.

Ten death row inmates have been placed in isolation cells in apparent preparation for the firing squad: Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran of the Bali Nine drug trafficking group, Brazilian Rodrigo Gularte, Filipina Mary Jane Veloso, Frenchman Serge Atresi Atlaoui, Ghanian Martin Anderson, Indonesian Zainal Abidin, and Nigerians Raheem Agbaje, Silvester Obiekwe Nwaolise and Okwudili Oyatanze.

A lawyer for Atlaoui, Richard Sedillot, said the decision to suspend the Frenchman'€™s execution was apparently linked to an outstanding legal complaint in Atlaoui'€™s case, AP reported.

Separately, a senior government official lashed out on Saturday at foreign governments for pleading for their citizens to be spared execution.

Attorney General M. Prasetyo specifically targeted French President Francois Hollande, who earlier said that the execution of Atlaoui for drug offenses could damage ties between the nations.

'€œIt is not appropriate for a president to say things like that. Every government must respect the law applied by other countries,'€ Prasetyo told reporters on Saturday.

Earlier this week in Paris, Hollande urged Indonesian authorities to grant clemency to Atlaoui, telling reporters that his execution '€œwould be damaging for the relations we want to have with Indonesia'€.

Later on Saturday, there was a meeting on Nusakambangan between Indonesian officials and Australian Consul General Majell Hind, Julian McMahon, who represents Chan and Sukumaran, and Brazilian Consul Leonardo Carvalho Monteiro, among others.

Meanwhile, Veloso was visited on the prison island by members of her family and her lawyer, Edre Olalia.

Olalia repeated a request to the Indonesian government to cancel the execution because they have filed a second appeal for a case review for Veloso.

'€œWe understand Indonesian law, but we hope the government will respect the ongoing legal process,'€ Olalia said.

Veloso was sentenced to death in 2010 for attempting to smuggle 2.6 kilograms of heroin worth
Rp 5.5 billion (US$424,879) from Kuala Lumpur.

On Friday, the AGO announced that although a notification to prepare for the executions had been sent on Thursday, the office was waiting for the Supreme Court to respond to a case review appeal filed by another of the convicts, Indonesian Zainal Abidin.

The Supreme Court'€™s response to the plea from Zainal, who was sentenced to death in 2001 for possessing 58.7 kilograms of marijuana, is expected before the week'€™s end.

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