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Jakarta still eyeing April execution date

Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran could be executed this month if Indonesian authorities can find a date they consider suitable.


Indonesia’s Attorney-General HM Prasetyo has said the Asia-Africa Conference, to be held in Jakarta and Bandung from April 18-24, is a consideration in the timing of the executions, which have been in the planning for months.

Mr Prasetyo on Tuesday said it wouldn’t be polite to send drug offenders from various countries – including the Philippines, Nigeria and Ghana – to the firing squad during the international event, “even if it is legal”.

On Wednesday, his spokesman Tony Spontana told AAP authorities were still looking for a date in April “if there are no obstacles”.

Jakarta is waiting for all prisoners in line for execution to exhaust their legal avenues.

Two of the prisoners have applied for Supreme Court judicial reviews, a process Mr Prasetyo has ordered be expedited.

It’s understood their applications are not yet before the judges, who took only five days to process their last application from a death row prisoner, Filipina Mary Jane Veloso.

Mr Spontana told Indonesian news website detik广西桑拿, : “We are still looking for a ‘good day’ in the month of April for carrying out the executions”.

“We’re considering waiting for the Asia Africa Conference, it wouldn’t be ethical if it was at the same time as the Asia Africa Conference.”

Lawyers for Chan and Sukumaran will this week lodge a fresh legal challenge with the constitutional court, but Mr Prasetyo has said their administrative court action – which failed on Monday – was their last chance.

“We will no longer wait,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

The Australians, who were arrested in 2005 over the Bali Nine heroin smuggling bid, are being held on Nusakambangan island, where Indonesia plans to execute them and eight others as part of its tough stance against drug offenders.