Jakarta urged to respect Bali Nine appeals

Gabrielle Dunlevy, AAP Southeast Asia Correspondent
Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are among four convicted drug smugglers yet to be transferred to Nusakambangan. Photo: AAP

Indonesia's attorney-general has announced 10 prisoners will face the firing squad in the next round of executions, but among them could be at least three with cases before the courts and one prisoner promised a second opinion on his medical condition.

HM Prasetyo on Wednesday confirmed the 10 would be executed on Nusakambangan island, in central Java, on a date to be set, but he did not name them all.

"When all preparations have been made, then we will immediately execute them," he told reporters.

Four convicted drug smugglers were yet to be transferred to Nusakambangan - Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, Filipina Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso and Nigerian Raheem Agbaje Salami.

Chan and Sukumaran's lawyers are urging the attorney-general to respect their planned appeal of a court's decision on Tuesday to throw out their challenge of President Joko Widodo's clemency process.

They have two weeks to lodge that appeal.

French prisoner Serge Areski Atlaoui also has a live case, with his bid for a judicial review to be heard in court next month.

His lawyer Aristo Pangaribuan says although his client was denied presidential clemency, he has not yet exhausted his right to the review.

He will argue his client, who has always denied the charges, does not deserve the death penalty.

That's if he is still alive by the court date.

"The attorney-general said that our judicial review will not delay the execution," Mr Aristo told AAP.

"But it's not right. How can we restore justice if the person is already dead?"

According to Amnesty International and media reports, Veloso also has a judicial review pending.

Another drug smuggler facing execution, Brazilian Rodrigo Gularte, is awaiting a second opinion on his mental health.

Gularte has paranoid schizophrenia and the attorney-general has agreed that he should be taken off Nusakambangan for a fuller exam before he's executed.

But his lawyer Rico Akbar says that's yet to happen.

"The authorities must pay attention to this," he said.

"If not, they will be seen as violating human rights and the world will see that Indonesia has executed someone with a mental illness."

Lawyers for Chan and Sukumaran have pleaded for Mr Joko to look at the merits of their case, without the distractions of arguments about sovereignty and exercising power.

Ten years after their attempt to traffic heroin out of Bali, they are model prisoners who help rehabilitate their fellow Bali inmates.

Lawyer Todung Mulya Lubis says the appeal process could take one month, and in that time, his clients should not be executed.

"If the attorney-general does not respect the legal process, who will respect the legal process?" he told reporters.

"Indonesia will be the world's laughing stock if it does not respect such a legal process."


Nine drug offenders are known to be awaiting execution.

It isn't clear who the 10 executed will be.

  • Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso (Philippines)

  • Serge Areski Atlaoui (France)

  • Martin Anderson alias Belo (Ghana)

  • Raheem Agbaje Salami (Nigeria)

  • Rodrigo Gularte (Brazil)

  • Myuran Sukumaran (Australia)

  • Andrew Chan (Australia)

  • Zainal Abidin (Indonesia)

  • Silvester Obikwe (Nigeria)
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