JAKARTA: The executions of Australian drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, and another eight other convicts, could be delayed by more than a week, according to a report. The Herald Sun cited a source as saying Indonesia’s Attorney-General’s Office had informed Bali prosecutors of the delay. The prosecutors, who were to officiate and witness the executions, are reportedly preparing to return to Bali. No reason was given for the delay.
The report comes as Australia called the Indonesian ambassador to complain about the “lack of dignity” shown to the so-called Bali Nine duo. The complaint was triggered by a photograph of a smiling police chief posing with the prisoners on the plane transferring them to Nusa-kembangan island, where they will be executed. The Sydney Morning Herald added that the complaint also referred to Indonesia’s excessive use of force – using military-style security to transfer the two men.
The development marks the latest in the ongoing spat between Canberra and Jakarta over the fate of the duo. Australia has been working hard to stop the executions, even offering to swap prisoners. On Thursday, Jakarta rejected the offer, insisting that the convicts will die by firing squad. Tedjo Edhy Purdijatno, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, said: “(According to) the direction of the president, the death penalty against the prisoners will go ahead. So there is no such thing (as prisoner exchange). We still refer to the orders of the president.”
Source : PTI