JAKARTA (dpa) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo has rejected a clemency request for an Australian man sentenced to death for drug smuggling, local media reported Friday.
The decision paves the way for Andrew Chan’s execution by firing squad along with compatriot Myuran Sukumaran, whose request for presidential mercy was denied earlier.
Chan, 31, and Sukumaran, 34, are the only members of the so-called Bali Nine drug smuggling ring on death row for trying to smuggle 8.3 kilogrammes of heroin from the Indonesian resort island of Bali to Australia in 2005.
The remaining Bali Nine members were sentenced to life or 20 years in prison.
“The clemency request on behalf of drug convict Andrew Chan has been rejected,” Tonny Spontana, the spokesman for the attorney general’s office, was quoted as saying by the broadcaster Metro TV.
Spontana said an execution date for Chan and Sukumaran had not been decided.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Friday that Chan and Sukumaran “deserve mercy,” describing them as “reformed characters” who have helped to rehabilitate other prisoners, the Australian broadcaster ABC reported.
Abbott said he and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop were maintaining “every possible effort” to save the two. Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo said earlier this month that the two would be executed together once Chan’s request for mercy had been rejected, despite appeals by the Australian government to spare them.
Indonesia on Sunday executed six convicted traffickers – one each from Malawi, Brazil, Nigeria, the Netherlands, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Executions in Indonesia are carried out by a firing squad.
The Netherlands and Brazil recalled ambassadors from Jakarta to protest the executions of their citizens.
Indonesia has defended the death penalty for drug traffickers, saying the country’s drug problem has reached an emergency level.