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Media frenzy as Australian drug trafficker Corby returns home

May 28, 2017 - 3:10 PM

The beauty school dropout hit Australian headlines when she was arrested in 2004 at Bali airport aged 27 with several kilos of hashish stashed in her surfing gear

In this file photo, convicted Australian drug trafficker Schapelle Corby (C) is escorted by two policemen as she leaves a beauty salon in Denpasar on Bali island on July 2, 2008. Sonny Tumbelaka/File/AFP

Hollande vows fight to save Frenchman facing death in Indonesia

Jun 23, 2015 - 12:27 PM

Indonesian authorities signaled the execution would not happen during Islam s holiest month

SUPPORT. Singer Anggun, an Indonesian-born French national, delivers a speech in a gathering in support of French citizen Serge Atlaoui, who is facing execution in Indonesia, in Paris, France, in April 2015. Photo by EPA

Indonesia jails Russian for 16.5 years for drug smuggling

May 11, 2015 - 7:11 PM

The death sentence is the maximum – not mandatory – sentence for drug trafficking in Indonesia

CAUGHT. Russian Aleksandra Magnaeva (C), an alleged drug trafficker suspect, is escorted by custom officers in Bali, Indonesia, in December 2014. Photo by Made Nagi/EPA

British grandmother prepares for execution in Indonesia

May 04, 2015 - 11:17 AM

I have started to write goodbye letters to members of my family

A British drug trafficking convict on death row, identified as Lindsay Sandiford, seen at the court during her trial at Denpasar district court in Bali, Indonesia, 20 December 2012. Photo by Made Nagi/EPA

Velosos urge Jokowi to cancel Mary Jane's execution

Apr 28, 2015 - 5:52 PM

They say Maria Kristina Sergio s surrender should save Mary Jane Veloso from execution

HOPEFUL. Mary Jane Veloso's sisters, Maritess (R) and Darling (C), and mother Celia (L) react upon hearing news of Sergio's surrender. Photo by Jet Damazo-Santos/Rappler

Anguished families make 'last visit' before Indonesia executions

Apr 28, 2015 - 11:47 AM

Australian media has published photos of crosses that will be used for their coffins inscribed with the date 29 04 2015

Family prepares for Mary Jane Veloso's final day

Apr 28, 2015 - 10:20 AM

Mary Jane Veloso s requests for the day include a copy of the Jubilee song and some durian

Mary Jane to family: No resentments

Apr 26, 2015 - 7:52 PM

A day after being given her 72 hour execution notice Mary Jane is still in high spirits Outside prison efforts to save her grow

Mary Jane told of execution date: Tuesday, April 28

Apr 25, 2015 - 5:55 PM

UPDATED Mary Jane is told Saturday afternoon about her execution date Tuesday April 28 in the presence of Philippine embassy officials just hours after a reunion with her family

IN TEARS. Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso during her case review hearing in March 2015. Photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

Mary Jane transferred to execution island

Apr 24, 2015 - 8:09 AM

Her sons arrive in Jakarta midnight and she is transferred 1 am on Friday April 24 to Nusa Kambangan prison island where Indonesia holds its executions

Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso in tears during her case review hearing in March 2015. Photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

Indonesian court rejects death row Ghanaian's appeal

Apr 22, 2015 - 9:37 PM

Indonesia s attorney general: I give two thumbs up to the Supreme Court s decision

REJECTED. Ghana national Martin Anderson (C) listens to his lawyers during a hearing on his case review application in Jakarta, on March 19, 2015. Photo by Bagus Indahono/EPA

France summons Indonesian ambassador over citizen on death row

Apr 22, 2015 - 9:13 PM

Serge Atlaoui s relatives are begging French President Francois Hollande and the European Union to save him

ON DEATH ROW. French national Serge Areski Atlaoui (R), 51, talks to his lawyer, Nancy Yuliana Sunjoto SH (L) inside the court room during a hearing on his case review application in Tangerang on April 1, 2015. Photo Bagus Indahono/EPA

Lawyers: PH anti-drug agency to provide evidence for Mary Jane

Apr 22, 2015 - 9:01 PM

Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay also appealed for Mary Jane in a meeting with Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla

Indonesian court rejects appeal of Frenchman on death row

Apr 21, 2015 - 8:03 PM

France warns that executing Serge Atlaoui will have consequences for relations between Paris and Jakarta

ON DEATH ROW. French national Serge Areski Atlaoui (R), 51, talks to his lawyer, Nancy Yuliana Sunjoto SH (L) inside the court room during a hearing on his case review application in Tangerang on April 1, 2015. Photo Bagus Indahono/EPA

Indonesia court rejects death penalty for 2 drug smugglers

Apr 20, 2015 - 10:30 PM

Sentencing a defendant is not about revenge but more a form of education and lesson so that in the future the defendant won t conduct another criminal act

EXECUTED. Ambulances carrying the bodies of 5 drug convicts executed by firing squad at the Nusakambangan Island prison complex in Cilacap, Central Java, on January 18, 2015. Photo by EPA

#AnimatED: Mercy isn’t inconsistent with rule of law

Apr 20, 2015 - 9:00 AM

President Jokowi showing mercy to those who deserve it is not inconsistent with Indonesia’s laws Clemency is not a sign of weakness

Paris warns Indonesia of consequences if Frenchman executed

Apr 17, 2015 - 6:16 PM

Frenchman Serge Atlaoui is appealing his case before the Supreme Court and a verdict is expected imminently

STILL HOPING. Sabine Atlaoui, the wife of death-row prisoner Sergei Atlaoui of France, arrives at Wijayapura port for a visit to Nusakambangan prison island in Cilacap, Indonesia, on March 5, 2015. Photo by Mast Irham/EPA

Indonesia court: No new evidence in Mary Jane case

Apr 15, 2015 - 12:36 PM

Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso moves a step closer to execution but her lawyers are planning to file a second appeal as soon as possible

Fresh legal bids for Filipina, Bali 9 on death row

Apr 09, 2015 - 7:17 PM

Lawyers for Filipina Mary Jane Veloso will seek a second case review while lawyers for the Australian Bali Nine pair went to the Constitutional Court

ANOTHER ATTEMPT. Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso seen here in Sleman court in March 2015. Photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

FAST FACTS: The case of Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso

Mar 31, 2015 - 9:00 AM

The 30 year old mother of two has been on Indonesia’s death row for the past 5 years but her case is only now making headlines as her execution looms

FINAL APPEAL. Mary Jane in court in Yogyakarta during the hearing for her judicial review request in March 2015. Photo by Suryo Wibowo/AFP

PH to 'exhaust' all remedies to save Mary Jane

Mar 27, 2015 - 3:52 PM

UPDATED Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario also assures the family of Mary Jane Veloso that the Philippine government is giving full attention to the case and is ready to provide them with all the necessary assistance

IN TEARS. Mary Jane was in tears when she appeared in court on March 3, 2015, to appeal against her death sentence. Photo by  Bimo Satrio/EPA

Family of Filipina on death row: 'We will not lose hope'

Mar 27, 2015 - 1:22 PM

Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso s final appeal has been rejected by Indonesia s Supreme Court but her sister says: As long as my sister is still alive we will not lose hope

PH foreign minister visits Filipina on death row

Mar 25, 2015 - 5:42 PM

Indonesia s Supreme Court is currently reviewing Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso s case

Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso in court in Sleman, Yogyakarta, on March 3, 2015. Photo by Suryo Wibowo/AFP

A slow death for family of Filipina on Indonesia's death row

Mar 21, 2015 - 2:20 PM

Mary Jane Veloso tried to lift her family from generations of poverty but now faces execution

Mary Jane's father, Cesar Veloso, said he tried to kill himself after learning his daughter was sentenced to death. Photo by Jimmy Domingo/UCA News

The wRap Indonesia: March 11, 2015

Mar 11, 2015 - 5:30 PM

National Narcotics Agency s drug statistics lower than Jokowi s plan to increase funding for political parties police burn 3 3 tons of marijuana in open field and more

NO TO DRUGS. Indonesian parents stage a rally and a signature campaign against illegal drugs in Surabaya, the capital of East Java province in 2011 as concern for increasing drug use among youths despite the death penalty against drugs in Indonesia. File photo by AFP

Virgin's Branson appeals for clemency for Indonesia death row inmates

Mar 11, 2015 - 11:12 AM

Branson says studies show that treating drugs as a health issue rather than a criminal issue would dramatically improve Indonesia’s drugs problems

PORTRAIT. A painting by Bali Nine ringleader Myuran Sukumaran of President Jokowi Widodo, with the words on the back of the painting 'People can change'. Photo by EPA

Indonesia to accelerate legal process for Filipina on death row

Mar 10, 2015 - 12:53 PM

Probably this week we will get the ruling from the Supreme Court

HEAVY SECURITY. Mary Jane is escorted by Indonesian police as she arrives at the court in Sleman on March 3, 2015. Photo by Suryo Wibowo/AFP

Wife of Frenchman on Indonesia death row clings to hope

Mar 06, 2015 - 5:10 PM

Serge Atlaoui was arrested in an ecstasy lab in Jakarta but maintains he was installing industrial machinery in what he thought was an acrylics factory

STILL HOPING. Sabine Atlaoui, the wife of death-row prisoner Sergei Atlaoui of France, arrives at Wijayapura port for a visit to Nusakambangan prison island in Cilacap, Indonesia, on March 5, 2015. Photo by Mast Irham/EPA

Fate of Filipina on death row now with Indonesia's Supreme Court

Mar 05, 2015 - 10:58 AM

UPDATED This means Mary Jane shouldn’t be transferred to Nusakambangan for execution for now

Mary Jane, warga Filipina yang vonis mati atas kasus narkoba, diantar oleh petugas kepolisian untuk mengikuti sidang Peninjauan Kembali di Sleman, 3 Maret 2015. Foto oleh Suryo Wibowo/AFP

Tangisan Mary Jane dan harapan ampunan dari hukuman mati

Mar 04, 2015 - 9:20 PM

Tak dipenuhinya hak hak Mary Jane sebagai terdakwa di pengadilan bisa menjadi preseden buruk Akankah ia mendapat pengampunan?

Mary Jane, warga Filipina yang divonis mati dalam kasus narkoba, sedang ditenangkan oleh seorang konseling asal Indonesia, sebelum menjalani sidang Peninjauan Kembali pada 3 Maret 2015.  Foto oleh Suryo Wibowo/AFP

Lawyers for Filipina on death row: Her translator was just a student

Mar 03, 2015 - 7:14 PM

Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso s lawyers argue that she deserves a case review because of this

Court to hear case review request of Filipina on Indonesia death row

Mar 03, 2015 - 8:54 AM

UPDATED Veloso says she did not know the suitcases she was paid to bring into Indonesia contained heroin

EXECUTION. An Indonesian police car leads ambulances carrying 5 bodies of prisoners out of Wijayapura port as they arrived from Nusakambangan Island prison complex, after their execution under the death row for drug trafficking on January 18, 2015. Photo by EPA

Brother of Australian on Indonesia death row pleads for mercy

Mar 02, 2015 - 11:45 AM

He says the Bali Nine pair have embraced Indonesian culture the way of life and they are very sorry for the things they have done

PLEADING. Michael Chan (L) and Helen Chan (R), the brother and mother of Australian on death row Andrew Chan, deliver an emotional appeal to Indonesian authorities not to carry out the execution of Andrew Chan during a press conference in Jakarta on February 9, 2015. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Australian PM strikes conciliatory note over Indonesia executions

Feb 26, 2015 - 8:19 AM

Tony Abbott says it was a positive sign that the conversation took place

BILATERAL TIES. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (L) is greeted by Indonesian President Joko Widodo shortly before a meeting at the presidential palace, in Jakarta on October 20, 2014. File photo by EPA

Australia 'very disappointed' at Indonesia death row ruling

Feb 25, 2015 - 9:43 AM

Lawyers for the Bali Nine pair are urging Indonesia s attorney general to respect the rule of law and not execute the men pending an appeal

REJECTED. Michael Chan (C), brother of Andrew Chan – one of two Australian prisoners on death row – leaves after visiting Kerobokan prison in Denpasar on Indonesia's Bali island on February 17, 2015. Photo by AFP

The wRap Indonesia: Feb. 24, 2015

Feb 24, 2015 - 5:04 PM

New survey says 75 of Indonesians believe there s a systematic effort to weaken KPK Bali Nine duo s final bid to avoid executions rejected motorcycle robber burned to death and more

MOCHTAR. Former Indonesian Constitutional Court chief Akil Mochtar (C) talks to journalists shortly after his verdict at Jakarta's anti-corruption court, June 30, 2014. Photo by EPA

Jakarta court dismisses death row Australians' legal challenge

Feb 24, 2015 - 1:40 PM

UPDATED Jokowi tells other countries: Do not intervene in executions This is Indonesia s judicial and political sovereignty

BALI NINE. Australian drug traffickers Andrew Chan (L) and Myuran Sukumaran (R) the ringleaders of the "Bali Nine" drug ring, are seen in a holding cell while awaiting court trial in Bali in 2006. File photo by AFP

The wRap Indonesia: Feb. 23, 2015

Feb 23, 2015 - 3:47 PM

Activists raise doubts over future of KPK report says Catholic rites denied for executed Brazilian model crowned Puteri Indonesia 2015 and more

BRAZILIAN CONVICT. Angelita Muxfeldt, 49, shows cousin Rodrigo Gularte's pictures during a press conference in Jakarta in February 2015. Gularte is expected to be executed this month. Photo by EPA

Australians on death row to Jokowi: Please let us live

Feb 23, 2015 - 10:41 AM

The two Australians who have been on death row since 2006 say they have been rehabilitated and can continue helping fellow prisoners in a rehabilitation program

Indonesians protest Abbott's aid reminder, collect coins to repay Australia

Feb 22, 2015 - 2:36 PM

Tensions between the two nations have been growing since Indonesia confirmed the Bali Nine pair will be executed soon

Brazil president refuses Indonesia ambassador credentials

Feb 21, 2015 - 8:13 AM

The move is over Indonesia s execution of Brazilian citizen in January and ahead of the looming execution of a second one

EXECUTED, An Indonesian police car leads ambulances carrying 5 bodies of prisoners executed in January, including a Brazilian citizen, in Cilacap, Central Java. Photo by EPA

Jakarta delays execution of two Australians, denies pressure to blame

Feb 20, 2015 - 2:50 PM

UPDATED Indonesia says the delay is due to logistical difficulties at Nusakambangan island prison where the executions will be carried out

BALI NINE. Australian drug traffickers Andrew Chan (L) and Myuran Sukumaran (R) the ringleaders of the "Bali Nine" drug ring, are seen in a holding cell while awaiting court trial in Bali in 2006. Photo by AFP

Australia PM denies threatening Indonesia

Feb 19, 2015 - 9:44 AM

It was important that I point out the strength and the depth of the relationship and that s exactly what I was doing

NO THREATS. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he was highlighting the strong ties between Indonesia and Australia. File photo by EPA

Australian PM criticized for Indonesia tsunami aid 'reminder'

Feb 18, 2015 - 5:17 PM

Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir says he hopes the prime minister s remarks did not reflect the true colors of Australians

Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi. File photo by AFP

Why executions won’t win Indonesia’s drug war

Feb 18, 2015 - 11:54 AM

Keeping death row inmates alive one of the best chances of success in Joko Widodo’s war on drugs write Clarke Jones and James Giggacher

HELL HOLE? Michael Chan (C), brother of Andrew Chan, leaves Kerobokan prison in Denpasar, Bali, on February 17, 2015. Photo by Sonny Tumbelka/AFP

Australia PM to Indonesia: Remember how we helped

Feb 18, 2015 - 9:45 AM

If the Bali Nine pair are executed Abbott says Australia will be letting Indonesia know in absolutely unambiguous terms that we feel grievously let down

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks to the media in Sydney, Australia, 23 December 2014. File photo by EPA

France summons Indonesia ambassador over death row citizen

Feb 18, 2015 - 9:21 AM

Serge Atlaoui a father of 4 was arrested near Jakarta in 2005 in a secret laboratory producing ecstasy He was sentenced to death in 2007

EXECUTION. An Indonesian police car leads ambulances carrying 5 bodies of prisoners out of Wijayapura port as they arrived from Nusakambangan Island prison complex, after their execution under the death row for drug trafficking on January 18, 2015. Photo by EPA

Australians' transfer to Indonesia execution site delayed: official

Feb 17, 2015 - 5:39 PM

In an unusual show of unity all surviving former prime ministers on Tuesday made a plea to spare the Bali Nine pair

VIGIL. Australians holding candles during a vigil for "Bali Nine" death row inmates Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan in Sydney on January 29, 2015. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Indonesia’s stance on the death penalty has become incoherent

Feb 16, 2015 - 7:18 PM

Is it really the case that Indonesia is determined to execute drug offenders if they are caught in Indonesia but will spend money to help Indonesian drug offenders avoid execution provided they are caught overseas?

KEEP HOPE ALIVE. A foreign volunteer hands stickers to drivers in Bali on January 31, 2015, as part of a campaign to save two Australian citizens from the death sentence. Photo by EPA

Indonesia to begin transferring convicts to execution site: official

Feb 16, 2015 - 6:30 PM

The news comes amid increasing international appeals for Indonesia to halt the use of the death penalty and Indonesia s consistent rejection of them

BALI NINE. Australian drug traffickers Andrew Chan (L) and Myuran Sukumaran (R) the ringleaders of the "Bali Nine" drug ring, are seen in a holding cell while awaiting court trial in Bali in 2006. Photo by AFP