Delay to firing squad executions

Indonesia will not order the executions of Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran for at least another week.

Delay to firing squad executions

A spokesman for Indonesia’s attorney general, Tony Spontana, says the executions of six drug offenders held last week are still being evaluated.

“Evaluation on the first execution implementation is predicted to be finished this week,” said Spontana.

“After the evaluation of the first executions is finished, then we will prepare for the second round.”

Chan, 31, and Sukumaran, 33, have had their pleas for presidential clemency rejected and are on track for the firing squad for trying to traffic heroin to Australia.

Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, argues executions of drug offenders are needed to shock the nation out of its drugs crisis.

However, lawyers for the Australians, as well as prime minister Tony Abbott, argue that the men are reformed, and deserving of mercy.

Chan also requested a visit from a local religious minister yesterday, who led him in a prayer for courage.

Minister Marjuly Dolok Saribu Chan’s spirits were high, despite what faced him.

“He’s strong. God made him strong. If he was only using his own strength, all humans fear death.”

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