Indonesian court throws out French death row convict's clemency appeal

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Posted: Jun 22, 2015 12:25 AM

JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian court rejected a French national's last-ditch appeal against the death sentence on Monday, making him the latest foreigner to face imminent execution for drug offences.

Serge Atlaoui had been granted a last-minute reprieve while legal avenues were exhausted and was left out of a group of seven foreign prisoners who were executed in May. Those executions brought international condemnation of President Joko Widodo's tough stance against drug trafficking.

The Attorney General's Office has said Atlaoui's appeal against a refusal of his clemency bid was the final legal option available to him, although an execution date of execution has not yet been set. Atlaoui's lawyer said on Monday they would still look for other legal channels.

(Reporting by Fergus Jensen; Writing by Kanupriya Kapoor; Editing by Michael Taylor and Paul Tait)