Indonesia asks foreign embassies to go to prison where foreign convicts will be executed

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 23, 2015 9:29 PM

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia has asked foreign embassies to go to a maximum security prison for the expected execution of 10 mainly foreign drug convicts, although an official 72-hour notice of execution has not been given yet, foreign officials said on Friday.

Among the convicted drug offenders set to face the firing squad are nationals from Australia, Brazil, France, Nigeria, and the Philippines, and the case has strained relations between the governments of those nations and Indonesia.

"It's true, we have been told to be there on Saturday," said a foreign embassy official who asked not to be identified because she was not authorized to speak to the media.

"We still don't know when the actual date of execution will happen but we expect that it will be in days," she said.

The Indonesia Supreme Court this week rejected the final appeals of a French prisoner and another from Ghana, according to media reports.

Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay also met his Indonesian counterpart Jusuf Kalla on the sidelines of a conference in Jakarta this week to appeal for mercy on behalf of the Philippine prisoner.

France has also warned Indonesia that the executions could damage ties, while Australia has pleaded repeatedly for clemency for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, two Australians arrested as ringleaders of the so-called Bali Nine drug-smuggling group.

Indonesia has harsh punishments for drug crimes and resumed executions in 2013 after a five-year gap. Six executions have been carried out so far this year.

(Reporting by Randy Fabi; Editing by Paul Tait and Michael Perry)