Sukumaran, of ‘Bali Nine,’ Appeals for Clemency
An Australian drug-smuggler on death row in Bali has appealed for presidential clemency.
A member of the “Bali Nine” smuggling gang, Myuran Sukumaran, 31, through his lawyers submitted a request for clemency to the Denpasar District Court last Friday, court spokesman Amser Simanjuntak said on Monday.
“We received the clemency request on July 6, and we will process it as soon as possible and send it to the Supreme Court, which will hand it over to the president,” he said.
“The letter states that the convict has repented and has been working to better himself while in prison. He is pleading to the president to spare him the death penalty.”
Sukumaran was convicted and sentenced to death for his role in an attempt to smuggle eight kilograms of heroin into Australia from Bali in 2005.
He is being held at Kerobokan Prison along with Australian drug-trafficker Schapelle Corby, who was granted a five-year cut in her 20-year jail term in May.
Witnesses in the prison have provided testimony to support Sukumaran’s case, Simanjuntak said.
Sukumaran is one of the two Bali Nine gang on death row — the other, Andrew Chan. The rest are serving lengthy sentences, including life terms.
Indonesia enforces stiff penalties for drug trafficking, including life imprisonment and death.