Indonesia: Death row Frenchman has exhausted legal options

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Posted: Jun 25, 2015 6:37 AM

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's Foreign Ministry said Thursday a French citizen sentenced to death for drug offenses has exhausted all options in his legal fight to avoid execution.

Ministry spokesman Aarmanatha Nasir said Indonesia will proceed "in accordance with the sentence that has been imposed against the convict," Serge Atlaoui.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said his government is "totally mobilized" in support of Atlaoui, 51, whose final appeal was denied on Monday by an administrative court in Jakarta. Nasir said Indonesia has not received any specific requests from the French government following its statement in reaction to the rejection of Atlaoui's final appeal.

He said Indonesia recognizes that governments have an obligation to protect their citizens when they get into trouble abroad but they must do so in compliance with local laws.

Indonesia has executed 14 people, mostly foreigners, for drug trafficking this year. The Attorney-General's Office says Atlaoui will not be executed during the holy month of Ramadan, which ends in mid-July.

Lawyers for Atlaoui made a last-ditch appeal which had little chance of success after President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo denied clemency in December.

The Frenchman was arrested in 2005 for involvement in an ecstasy factory on the outskirts of Jakarta.

His lawyers say he was employed as a welder at the factory and did not understand what the chemicals on the premises were used for.

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This story corrects the date of the court ruling.