A breaking report from the AAP this afternoon states that Bali Nine Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan are amongst the next group of 11 convicts on death row who will be executed as early as next month, according to Indonesian Attorney-General HM Prasetyo.
UPDATE: Contrary earlier reports filed from the AAP, the head of Indonesia’s parliamentary committee Azis Syamsuddin says Chan and Sukumaran are not listed in the next group to be executed and that Attorney-General Prasetyo was essentially misquoted. He was supposedly listing prospective execution locations, not the nationalities of those on death row in the group.
Per AAP, Prasetyo this afternoon told a parliamentary committee that he’s still evaluating several obstacles preventing the execution from happening, including human rights activists and “electronic media reporters” disguised as fishermen trying to get close to the expected execution site on the Central Java prison island of Nusakambangan:
“We are still finding the right time for the next executions of citizens of France, Ghana, Cordova, Brazil, The Philippines, Australia and one Indonesian.”
Chan and Sukumaran are the only Australians currently facing execution by firing squad under President Joko Widodo’s hardline anti-drug laws. Earlier today, Wododo told CNN he would not be swayed in his stance, especially where Sukumaran and Chan are concerned:
“Imagine every day we have 50 people die because of narcotics, in one year it’s 18,000 people because of narcotics. We are not going to compromise for drug dealers. No compromise, no compromise. The decision of death penalty is on the court. But they can ask for amnesty to the president but I tell you there will be no amnesty for drug dealers.”
A free “Music For Mercy” concert and candlelight vigil organised by Australian artist Ben Quilty musicians like Megan Washington, Emma Louise, The Presets’ Julian Hamilton, Josh Pyke and more will be held in Sydney’s Martin Place tomorrow from 7pm.
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