French president warns Indonesia

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PRESIDENTIAL PLEA  In this file photo taken on March 11, 2015, French drug trafficker and death row prisoner Serge Atlaoui (C) is escorted by armed Indonesian elite police commandos following a court hearing in Tangerang in a suburb of Jakarta where Atlaoui filed a judicial review against his death sentence. Relatives and diplomats rushed to an Indonesian prison island on April 24, ahead of the looming executions of nine foreign drug convicts who are set to be shot in defiance of international anger. AFP PHOTO

PRESIDENTIAL PLEA
In this file photo taken on March 11, 2015, French drug trafficker and death row prisoner Serge Atlaoui (C) is escorted by armed Indonesian elite police commandos following a court hearing in Tangerang in a suburb of Jakarta where Atlaoui filed a judicial review against his death sentence. Relatives and diplomats rushed to an Indonesian prison island on April 24, ahead of the looming executions of nine foreign drug convicts who are set to be shot in defiance of international anger. AFP PHOTO

BAKU: French President Francois Hollande warned Saturday that Indonesia faced diplomatic “consequences” if it pushes ahead with the planned execution of Frenchman Serge Atlaoui over drug trafficking offenses.

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“If he is executed, there will be consequences with France and Europe because we cannot accept this type of execution,” he told reporters during a visit to Baku in Azerbaijan, adding that the repercussions would essentially be of a “diplomatic” nature.

“At the very least, we will recall our ambassador” from Jakarta, the president said, adding that he would also not visit Indonesia “for some time”.

In addition, discussions over possible cooperation that had been mooted between Hollande and his Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo during the November G20 summit could also be suspended.

“We will take action along with concerned countries — Australia and Brazil… to ensure that there is no execution,” Hollande said, adding that he is meeting Australian PM Tony Abbott on Monday.

“We understand that Indonesia wants to fight against drug trafficking but, in this case, Serge Atlaoui was working in a laboratory and he did not imagine that he could make this product,” said Hollande.

Atlaoui also did not have any prior criminal records, added the French president.

AFP

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