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Indonesia Executions Delayed Until Death Row Prison Ready

By    |   Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 11:42 AM

The Indonesia execution of two convicted Australian drug smugglers has been delayed because the death row prison where they were to be executed is not ready.

Australian government officials had hoped the Indonesian government would spare the lives of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, but Indonesian attorney general spokesman Tony Spontana said the delay is only a technicality and not a change of heart, according to The Guardian.

"I cannot be sure how many days it will take to finish this preparation but I can guarantee the executions will not take place this month, if there are no extraordinary changes," Spontana said about the prison at Nusa Kambangan.

Indonesia foreign minister Retno Marsudi said in Tuesday news conference that despite the close relationship between Indonesia and the Australia, her country could not back away from the death sentences of Chan and Sukumaran, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Marsudi said she was aware that their sentences had attracted a great deal of attention and sympathy in Australia

"Although we understand the position of the Australian Government ... it should be underlined that this issue is purely a law enforcement issue," Marsudi said at a news conference. "A law enforcement against extraordinary crime, a law enforcement by a sovereign country. The decision to impose the death penalty by the court is not directed towards any country, nor nationals of certain countries, but it is directed to an extraordinary crime."

Chan and Sukumaran were sentenced to death in February 2006 for their roles in what was called the "Bali Nine plot" to smuggle 8.3 kilograms of heroin from Indonesia to Australia, according to The Australian.

The men's legal team had hoped for the delay as their lead Indonesian lawyer Todung Mulya Lubis has been called to the Jakarta Administrative Court to argue his application for suspension of the execution.

The Australian reported that Todung had planned to argue before the court that Indonesian President Joko Widodo did not properly consider his clients' clemency applications before rejecting them.

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