Indonesia Asks Malaysia to Pardon Three Death-Row Prisoners

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Death-RowIndonesia has submitted an official request to the Malaysian government to pardon three citizens of Indonesia, who was sentenced to death in the neighbor country. Three Indonesians are Parlan Dadeh, Bustaman bin Bukhari and Tarmizi. All three were sentenced to death in a narcotics case.

Request was submitted by the government through a letter signed by the Minister of Justice and Human Rights (Menkumham) Patrialis Akbar. "Today we send a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia (Anifah Aman) for the three men not to be sentenced to death," said Patrialis to reporters in Jakarta, Friday (17 / 9).

"We expect you to help us approaching the competent authorities in Malaysia who can give clemency to three Indonesian citizens at the top," said the letter was dated 16 September 2010.

Patrialis hope the punishment of all three can be commuted. "I hope not death penalty. May be reduced to 20 years or extradited to Indonesia," he explained.

He said the Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawan and Malaysia Foreign Minister Anifah Aman have discussed this before. "But because Menkumham who holds the authority, of course we are trying," he added.

Approximately 70 other Indonesians also threatened the death penalty in Malaysia. Patrialis said the government will focus on three citizens first. "Three people first. Because the others are uncertain. The others are still in process and appeals. Meaning is uncertain," he said.
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