France warns Indonesia of damage to ties over death-row Frenchman

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 21, 2015 11:21 AM

LONDON (Reuters) - Indonesia will face repercussions from France if it goes ahead with the execution by firing squad of a Frenchman convicted of drug offences, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Tuesday.

Serge Atlaoui lost an appeal for a retrial. He is among 10 convicted traffickers, including two Australians, due to be executed despite appeals for clemency from their governments.

"We remain hopeful for clemency but we are extremely pre-occupied by this decision and this death threat which, if carried out, would obviously have consequences for the relationship between this country and France," Fabius told a news conference.

Two weeks ago, the Australians lost a challenge to the Jakarta administrative court's decision not to hear an appeal against President Joko Widodo's refusal to grant them clemency.

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Indonesia has harsh penalties for drug trafficking and resumed executions in 2013 after a five-year lull.

(Reporting by Chine Labbé; Writing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)