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Death-row drug lord seeks presidential pardon

  • Agus Maryono

    The Jakarta Post

Cilacap, Central Java   /   Thu, July 28, 2016   /  12:40 pm
Death-row drug lord seeks presidential pardon 11th hour – The lawyer of condemned drug kingpin Freddy Budiman, Untung Sunaryo, speaks to journalists after visiting Freddy at Batu Prison on Nusakambangan prison island, Cilacap, Central Java, on Wednesday. (thejakartapost.com/Agus Maryono)

His execution drawing near, condemned man Freddy Budiman has sought a last-minute reprieve from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, though the hope appears forlorn.

Freddy’s lawyer Untung Sunaryo said his client had expressed regret and sought a pardon from President Jokowi in a letter he wrote personally.

“He mentioned the names of the President, the National Police chief and the attorney general [in the letter]. He said he wholeheartedly wanted to apologize for all of his mistakes. He also said he truly repented and asked God for forgiveness,” Untung told journalists after visiting Freddy at Batu Prison on Nusakambangan prison island in Cilacap, Central Java, on Wednesday afternoon.

There appears, however, to be little chance of Freddy escaping execution, the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) confirming on Wednesday that all legal requirements for the executions of the 14 condemned had been fulfilled.

Even so, Untung said, Freddy remains resolved to filing a clemency request to President Jokowi. “He wrote the letter himself and said he would accept wholeheartedly whatever the result was,” he said.  

Untung was scheduled to depart for Jakarta on Thursday to hand the clemency request letter to Jokowi.  

The lawyer said his client had been placed in an isolation cell at Batu Prison. “Regarding his execution, he said he entrusted the matter to God. He also said he had conveyed his taubatan nasuha [serious atonement],” said Untung, speaking from Wijaya Pura Quay in Cilacap.   

He further said that should he be executed, Freddy wanted to be buried in Surabaya, East Java. “He is arek Suroboyo [a son of Surabaya], so he wants to be buried there." (ebf)

  

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