The Indonesian government has deferred the execution of a Filipina convicted for possession of illegal drugs, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Tuesday.
Charles Jose, Foreign Affairs spokesperson, announced that the Philippine government, through a note verbale, already filed for a judicial review of the case of the Filipina, whose name the department refused to reveal.
The purpose of the judicial review, Jose said, “is to lessen the death penalty and have the sentence commuted to life.”
Although the Supreme Court in Indonesia upheld the ruling of the lower court, all death sentences there are allowed at least one judicial review.
“We are availing of the privilege and awaiting for the schedule,” Jose said.
“With this particular case, we are presenting new arguments. We will see how this will be taken and considered by authorities there. We cannot telegraph and present it before them,” he added.
The woman entered Yogyakarta as a tourist via Malaysia in 2010. She was caught bringing in 2.6 kilos of heroin.
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