JAKARTA (dpa) – The family of a Brazilian man due to be executed in Indonesia said Thursday that he was suffering from mental illness and appealed to the government to spare him.
Rodrigo Gularte is one of eight convicted drug traffickers, including seven foreigners, due to be executed in Indonesia after exhausting their appeals. Among them are two Australians from the so-called Bali Nine, who have been the subject of repeated appeals from the Australian government.
Gularte’s cousin, Angelita Maxfeldt, said that Gularte had been diagnosed by a psychiatrist at a hospital in Central Java with paranoid schizophrenia and required treatment.
“I know that he has committed a very serious mistake and I’m not here to tell you that he is not guilty,” Maxfeldt said.
“If Rodrigo, who is proven by your medical system to be suffering from mental illness, is going to be executed, in my opinion it is something that goes against human rights,” she said in a statement addressed to the government.
Maxfeldt said Gularte was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder and depression when he was a teenager.
Gularte was sentenced to death in 2005 for smuggling six kilogrammes of cocaine into Indonesia hidden inside surfboards.
Indonesian authorities this week delayed transferring the death-row drug convicts to the Nusakambangan penal island off Java for execution, due later this month.
The Attorney General’s Office said families of two Australian death-row convicts – Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran – had requested more time to be with them, and also said that the Brazilian needed psychiatric treatment.
The government insisted that they would not be spared but a new date for the transfers has not been announced.
Other convicts facing execution include one each from France, Ghana, the Philippines, Nigeria and Indonesia.