Fifty-Eight People Linger on Death Row in Indonesia
Fifty-eight people convicted and sentenced to death in drugs cases are awaiting execution in Indonesian prisons, an official has revealed.
National Narcotics Agency chief Gories Mere said many of those on death row were engaged in last-ditch legal wrangling in a desperate attempt to avoid being killed.
“The executions have not yet been carried out, because the prisoners still seek ways to prevent the implementation by applying for pardons or judicial reviews through the Supreme Court,” Mere said in Denpasar, where he was attending the Bali Arts Festival.
Mere declined to reveal the nationaities of the 58 death-row inmates.
Several foreigners at Bali’s Kerobokan Prison are among those on death row, including two Australians from the so-called Bali Nine group of drug smugglers, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.
Both men have lost final appeals to the Supreme Court in Jakarta. Chan filed a plea for presidential clemency in May and Sukumaran is expected to do the same later this year. If those pleas are rejected, they will have no further route to avoid execution.
Sukumaran and Chan were sentenced to death for their leading roles in an attempt in 2005 to smuggle 8.3 kilos of heroin, bound to their bodies, from Bali to Australia.
The men are hoping that President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will show them mercy after last month granting clemency to fellow drug-running Australian Schapelle Corby when he cut her 20-year term by five years.
Executions are carried out by firing squad in Indonesia, usually at a remote location such as a deserted beach or forest, in the early hours of the morning.
Meanwhile, Mere said that around 250 Indonesians have been jailed abroad — in China, Malaysia and European countries — for their involvement in drugs.
He said there had been an increase in the number of cases in Indonesia involving illegal drugs, especially meth smuggling and related crimes.