Australian on Death Row Seeks Clemency


An Australian drug smuggler on death row in Bali has appealed for clemency from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Andrew Chan, 28, lost a court appeal against his death sentence in June over a 2005 plot to smuggle eight kilograms of heroin into Australia from Bali.

“On Thursday, Andrew Chan’s lawyer submitted the clemency request to the president,” Kerobokan prison chief I Gusti Ngurah Wiratna said, adding that last week was the deadline for his clemency request.

Chan was one of the so-called “Bali Nine” smuggling gang, two of whom are on death row. The rest are serving lengthy sentences including life terms.

Wiratna, head of the prison in Bali where Chan is an inmate, said that the basis of the appeal was Chan’s age, asking that the young convict be given a chance to live and reform.

Shortly after the June court decision, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Australia was strongly opposed to capital punishment and that she would try to have Chan’s sentence commuted.

Indonesia enforces stiff penalties, including life imprisonment and death, for drug trafficking.

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