Australia Claims Corruption in Trial of 2 Drug Traffickers in Indonesia – Voice of America
In a last-ditch effort to save two drug traffickers from the firing squad in Indonesia, Australia’s Foreign Ministry urged Jakarta Monday to delay the executions until allegations of corruption in their trial could be investigated.
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop claimed the trial judges had asked for tens of thousands of dollars to sentence the two to less than 20 years in prison.
“These allegations are very serious. They call into question the integrity of the sentencing process and it’s a matter for Indonesia’s judicial commission to investigate these matters and that underlines why we continue to request Indonesia to allow the judicial commission to finalize its review. This must be allowed to continue before any action is taken to prepare for executions. An execution is an irrevocable step and I believe that these hearings and these appeal processes should be concluded before any decision is taken,” said Bishop.
Indonesian authorities say the Australians have exhausted all avenues of appeal.
An Indonesian lawyer for the two – Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan – says he wants an investigation into what he says was an unfair legal proceeding in their case.
“I know that we have done everything possible under our legal system, we have done almost, we have done everything, we have done everything. We have exhausted every legal avenues. But Sukumaran and Andrew Chan still feel there is something wrong with all this legal proceeding especially at the district court at Bali,” said the lawyer.
Meanwhile, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Monday that he will consult with his attorney general on legal issues surrounding the case of Philippine death row convict Mary Jan Veloso. The statement came after Philippine President Benigno Aquino met with Mr. Widodo at the ASEAN summit in Kuala Lumpur and appealed for humanitarian consideration in the case.
Dozens of Philippine protesters gathered Monday outside the heavily guarded Indonesian embassy in Manila demanding that Widodo stop the execution of Veloso.
“We are appealing to the Indonesian President Widodo, we hope you listen to the appeal of the family, listen to the appeal of the workers, that it is clear that Mary Jane Veloso is a victim of the drug [syndicate] she is not a drug trafficker,” said Jerome Adonis, a protest leader.
Ten traffickers, who were given a 72-hour notification of their executions on Saturday, could be put to death is early as Tuesday night.