Indonesian court to review cases of death row convicts

Indonesian court to review cases of death row convicts
The Indonesian Supreme Court building

The Supreme Court said Wednesday it had received case review dossiers of two death row convicts, Serge Areski Atlaoui of France and Martin Anderson alias Belo of Ghana, from the Tangerang State Court and the South Jakarta District Court.

Supreme Court spokesman Suhadi said it would take at least two weeks for the panel of judges at the court to examine the dossiers to decide whether to reject or to accept the case review petitions of the two foreign nationals, who had been sent to Nusakambangan prison island near Cilacap, Central Java, in February.

"As the execution has attracted public concern, the Supreme Court will do its best to expedite the hearing of the two case review petitions," Suhadi said Wednesday.

Separately, Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo said he expected the Supreme Court would reject the two petitions, allowing the Attorney General's Office (AGO) to determine the exact date of the executions.

"We hope that we can hear the results of the hearing as soon as possible," said Prasetyo.

He added that the executions would likely be conducted after the government hosted the Asia-Africa Conference on April 24, because the government did not want to generate unease as many high profile delegations from various nations would be attending the international conference.

The Asia-Africa Conference will be held from April 18 to 24.

"It is one of the things that we consider when deciding the exact the date of the executions," Prasetyo said.

Currently, there are 10 local and foreign convicts, including Anderson and Atlaoui, awaiting their executions in Nusakambangan, where the AGO earlier conducted the executions of six local and foreign drug convicts in January.

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