JAKARTA (AFP) -Indonesia is ready to execute seven foreign drug convicts on death row after their appeals for presidential clemency were rejected, an official said, in a move certain to set Jakarta on a collision course with international allies.
The seven include two Australian leaders of the “Bali Nine” drug-smuggling gang, who have been on death row for almost a decade. The pair lost their appeals in December and earlier this month.
A spokesman for the attorney-general’s office revealed late Wednesday that a further five foreigners have also lost their appeals. He said four were from France, Brazil, Nigeria and Ghana.
Local media reported that the fifth was a Philippine woman, and the foreign ministry in Manila said it was working to prevent the execution.
Four Indonesians – only one of them convicted of drugs offences — had also lost their bid for clemency.
“The attorney general’s office now has 11 convicts on death row ready to be executed,” spokesman Tony Spontana said.
Indonesia earlier this month executed six drug offenders, including five foreigners, prompting a furious Brazil and the Netherlands — whose citizens were among those put to death — to recall their ambassadors.
Drug offenders from Vietnam, Malawi and Nigeria were also among those killed by firing squad. Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo has repeatedly vowed to show no clemency to drug traffickers. In a CNN interview broadcast earlier this week, Widodo vowed: “We are not going to compromise for drug dealers. No compromise. No compromise.”