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Six persons to be executed today

Published:Sunday | January 18, 2015 | 1:00 AM

JAKARTA (AP):Five foreigners and an Indonesian woman sentenced to death on drug charges will be executed by firing squad despite international pleas, Indonesian officials said yesterday.

A last-minute personal appeal by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to spare her countryman, ex-pilot Marco Moreira, and the Dutch government for its citizen, Ang Kiem Soei, "will not change or delay the execution on Sunday', said Attorney General Office's spokesman Tony Spontana yesterday.

THE CONVICTED

The men are among five foreigners and an Indonesian woman convicted on drug charges from 2000 to 2011, and sentenced to death. The executions are due to take place simultaneously in pairs, but at different locations.

Spontana said the men and two other foreign convicts - Namaona Denis of Malawi and Nigerian Daniel Enemuo -along with an Indonesian woman, Rani Andriani, were moved to isolation cells yesterday.

Clemency requests were rejected by President Joko Widodo in December.

"What we do is merely aimed at protecting our nation from the danger of drugs," Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo told reporters last Thursday. "There is no excuse for drug dealers, and hopefully this will have a deterrent effect."

He said that Widodo refused Rousseff's appeal by telephone to spare Moreira.