Australia pleads for mercy for drug traffickers to be executed in Indonesia




 
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February 25th, 2015  
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Topic: Australia pleads for mercy for drug traffickers to be executed in Indonesia


By Jane Wardell and Kanupriya Kapoor SYDNEY/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Australia's foreign minister appealed to Indonesia's president on Wednesday to show mercy for two Australian drug traffickers due to executed in Indonesia, expressing disappointment that their latest legal appeal had been rejected. President Joko Widodo has denied clemency to 11 convicts on death row, including the Australian nationals, ratcheting up diplomatic tensions amid repeated pleas for mercy. Indonesia's attorney general said on Wednesday the executions, to be carried out by firing squads, would not be delayed or canceled in the face of diplomatic pressure, but declined to specify a date. Widodo, who took calls from Brazil, France, and the Netherlands this week - who have nationals on death row in Indonesia - has warned these nations against interfering in Indonesia's sovereign affairs.




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