The timing of the execution of Bali Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran may be set to a time that is politically ‘polite’.
According to Indonesia’s Attorney-General HM Prasetyo, it would be ‘unethical’ to put convicted offenders to death during the 2015 Asia-Africa Conference, due to be held in Jakarta and Bandung from April 18-24.
A spokesman for the attorney-general, Tony Spontana, told Indonesia’s Detik.com on Wednesday: “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,” he said.
Australians Chan and Sukumaran, who were convicted and sentenced to death by firing squad for smuggling heroin through Indonesia in 2005, have been exhausting all legal avenues as they await their likely execution in the prison island of Nusakambangan.
Ringleaders of the so-called Bali Nine drugs trafficking gang, the pair lodged a new legal appeal this week following the failure on Monday of their most recent court challenge. However, Mr Prasetyo says they are out of options.
“We will no longer wait,” Mr Prasetyo said on Tuesday.
IMAGE: Convicted Bali Nine drugs smugglers, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. (Getty Images)