Indonesia says review will not stop executions

JAKARTA – The execution of two Australian drug smugglers in Indonesia will go ahead despite their applications for a case review, local media reported Sunday.

"Based on the prevailing norms, the review does not obstruct the execution," the Attorney General’s spokesman Tony Spontana said, quoted by the Tribunnews.com website.

Lawyers for Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan lodged requests for a second case review with Denpasar District Court on Friday.

The pair, from Sydney, were ringleaders of a group dubbed the Bali Nine, who attempted to traffic more than 18 pounds (8 kilograms) of heroin valued at about $3.2 million from Indonesia to Australia in April 2005.

President Joko Widodo has already refused their requests for pardons, following a commitment not to compromise over drug dealers facing execution.

"Their request for clemency was already rejected by the president,” Spontana said. “So there is no reason to stop executions."

The attorney general is yet determine the time and place of the second wave of executions to be carried out this year. Last month, six drug offenders – all but one a non-Indonesian – were executed by firing squad, despite diplomatic pleas.

In their second case review, Sukumaran and Chan requested the Supreme Court commute their sentences to 20 years imprisonment.

Court spokesman Hasoloan Sianturi said it had received the review documents. "The review document has been delivered directly for both death row inmates," he said.

Included are personal letters to Widodo and Attorney General HM Prasetyo, apologizing for their offenses. The letters included photographs of their efforts to rehabilitate, such as taking part in cooking, art and computer classes in Bali’s Kerobokan prison.

Sianturi said the second case review will be studied by the court before a decision is made on whether to send it to the Supreme Court.

"Although they have been proven guilty of violating the law, we believe they do not deserve the death penalty because it is against the right to life under the constitution," their lawyer Todung Mulya Lubis was quoted in the Jakarta Post.

In his letter, Sukumaran said: "I have attempted to change by doing positive and beneficial things for people around me. I want you to know that I have changed. I am now a good person because of my experience here.”

Chan wrote he had been spending his time teaching others to avoid the mistakes he made and was studying for the priesthood.

Among the Bali Nine, all aged between 18 and 28 at the time of their arrests, the other seven were sentenced to life terms.

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