Indonesian court postpones start of Frenchman’s appeal


JAKARTA: An Indonesian court Thursday postponed the start of an appeal by a Frenchman on death row to next week, indicating the country’s slow-moving justice system could delay his execution for some time yet.
Serge Atlaoui, 51, had been due to face the firing squad with seven other foreign drug convicts last week but was removed from the list after authorities agreed to let an outstanding legal appeal run its course.

It was due to start at the Jakarta State Administrative Court on Thursday, however judge Ujang Abdullah adjourned the case to next Wednesday after Atlaoui’s lawyer failed to attend as she was ill.

In the appeal, Atlaoui, a welder, is challenging President Joko Widodo’s decision to reject his request for clemency, claiming the Indonesian leader did not properly consider his case.

A plea for presidential clemency is typically a death row convict’s final chance to avoid the firing squad.

The latest legal bid is widely expected to fail—an appeal filed in the same court by two Australian traffickers was rejected, and the pair were among those put to death last week.

However the Australians’ appeal took weeks to resolve due to repeated delays.



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