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Executions loom for Indonesia's death row convicts

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 01:39

The supporters of nine death row inmates in Indonesia who face imminent execution make last-ditch appeals for clemency. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Coffins meant for convicted drug offenders on Indonesia's death row wait for transport. They're for nine men and women -- including foreign nationals from Australia, Brazil, Ghana and Nigeria -- who were told over the weekend their execution by firing squad is just days away. Now, relatives -- visiting their loved ones in prison -- are making last-ditch appeals to Indonesian President Joko Widodo for clemency. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BROTHER OF DEATH ROW CONVICT MYURAN SUKUMARAN, CHINTU SUKUMARAN, SAYING: "I spent the last five hours watching young children playing with their parents and I ask the president to not make orphans out of children, widows. And please there are family members crying inside the prison as we count down the hours. Please, step up and show mercy." And it's become a global appeal. In Hong Kong, Filipino migrants ralied on behalf of Mary Jane Velose -- a 30-year-old Filipino mother of two whose supporters say was tricked into carrying a suitcase loaded with heroine. And in Sydney, hundreds came out for the two Australian nationals condemned to die. Australia's leaders have called on Indonesia to spare the men and say they'll continue as long as the pair are alive. Human Rights lawyer Diana Sayed: (SOUNDBITE) (English) INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER DIANA SAYED SAYING: "It sends a very clear message to the Indonesian government that Australians really are very vocal when it comes to the death penalty and they don't want to just sit back and do nothing on this issue." Indonesia's government hasn't announced the date or time of execution, although observers say... it could happen any day.

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Executions loom for Indonesia's death row convicts

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 01:39