JAKARTA - Indonesian officials say Jakarta will have executed a total of 39 local and foreign drug traffickers held on death row by the end of next year. National Police Drugs Unit spokesman Indradi Thanos says the president has rejected clemency for the 39, and that the next step will be their execution.
The figure does not include three Australians facing a death sentence for drug trafficking, because they have not yet exhausted all avenues of appeal. Meantime the lawyers for three Islamic militants on death row for the 2002 Bali bomb attacks have lodged a petition with the Constitutional Court, saying the planned use of a firing squad is inhumane. They have asked for a less painful method of execution, such as beheading or lethal injection.