Indonesia delays executions following Australia appeal

18 February 2015
Indonesia delays executions following Australia appeal
Australian Mr Michael Chan (R), the brother of death-row prisoner Andrew Chan, arrives for visiting Andrew at Kerobokan Prison in Bali, Indonesia, February 17, 2015. Photo: Made Nagi/EPA

The Indonesian Attorney General’s Office has decided to put off the execution of eleven inmates on death row, including two Australian drug traffickers, according to the Jakarta Globe on February 17.
Four Indonesians and seven foreign nationals, including Mr Myuran Sukumaran, 31, and Mr Andrew Chan, 33, the Australian ringleaders of the so-called Bali Nine drug traffickers, have had their executions delayed.
“This is a response to Australia’s and the [Sukumaran and Chan] families’ demand for more time,” AGO spokesperson Mr Tony Spontana told state-owned news agency Antara on Tuesday.
The AGO will not move the eleven inmates to Nusakambangan island prison off Central Java — where five of the last six condemned inmates were executed on January 18 — until three days before the rescheduled executions.
However, it is not clear when the executions will take place.
“The execution team has checked Nusakambangan and found technical difficulties,” Mr Tony Spontana said. “We’re now looking for the right time. The executions will be conducted simultaneously.”