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Executions won't be delayed: Indonesia president

By Reuters

 Executions won't be delayed: Indonesia president
In this file photograph taken on Feb 14, 2006, Australians Andrew Chan (left), and Myuran Sukumaran the two ringleaders of the so-called Bali Nine group, are escorted by police to prison after their verdicts were announced in Denpasar, on Bali island. (AFP PHOTO / FILES / JEWEL SAMAD)

JAKARTA - Indonesia's president said on Tuesday the planned execution of 11 convicts on death row, most on drugs charges, would not be delayed, warning foreign countries not to intervene in the country's right to use capital punishment.

"The first thing I need to say firmly is that there shouldn't be any intervention towards the death penalty because it is our sovereign right to exercise our law," President Joko Widodo told reporters.

Widodo said he took calls from the leaders of France, Brazil and the Netherlands about the death penalty. A court earlier rejected an appeal by two Australians among the 11 against the rejection of their request for presidential clemency.

"According to the judge, the president's rejection of (the) clemency petition is not an administrative act so this court does not have the jurisdiction to accept our case," said Todung Mulya Lubis, a lawyer for the two Australians on death row.

"We plan to appeal today's court decision. We have two weeks to file an appeal. If the law is respected, the execution should be postponed until the legal process is over."

Australia has been pursuing an eleventh-hour campaign to save the lives of Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, two members of the so-called Bali Nine, convicted in 2005 as the ringleaders of a plot to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia.

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