Indonesia court rejects last appeals of 2 death row convicts

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Posted: Apr 22, 2015 7:16 AM

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's Supreme Court has turned down the final appeals by two death row prisoners who are among 10 drug convicts awaiting execution by firing squad, a court spokesman said Wednesday.

The appeals for judicial review by Serge Areski Atlaoui of France and Martin Anderson of Ghana were rejected by Indonesia's highest court in closed-door hearings Tuesday, said Suhadi, the court spokesman and a member of the three-judge panel.

"The Supreme Court judges saw that the previous verdict which was challenged by the convict ... was very accurate, clear and complete," said Suhadi, who like many Indonesians uses a single name. "So we can say that there is no mistake."

Suhadi said Anderson failed to present new evidence to support his appeal.

Atlaoui and Anderson are among 10 drug smugglers whose planned executions last month were adjourned due to last-minute appeals. The others are three Nigerian men, two Australian men, two men from Brazil and Indonesia, and a Filipino woman.

Appeals have been exhausted for all but one of the 10 convicts — Raheem Agbaje Salame of Nigeria, who is awaiting the outcome of his request for judicial review.

The planned executions have soured relations between Indonesia and other countries, especially Brazil. President Joko Widodo has vowed not to grant mercy to drug offenders because Indonesia is suffering a "drug emergency."

Jakarta executed six drug convicts, including five foreigners, in January, brushing aside last-minute appeals from Brazil and the Netherlands. More than 130 people are on death row in Indonesia, including 57 drug convicts.