‘The real drug dealers go free’

Written By komlim puldel on Minggu, 08 Maret 2015 | 20.01

The PM is still waiting for a 'final call' with Indonesia's president over the fate of the Bali Nine duo.

Locked away ... Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan being escorted out of court after their verdict in Denpasar in 2006. Source: AFP

ONE of the men set to be executed alongside Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran has already written his list of final requests — that his death be the last execution in Indonesia.

And in the letter obtained by News Corp Australia he decries a system where the real drug dealers go free and get light sentences because they have the money to pay bribes while poor people like himself get the death penalty.

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Time running out ... lawyer Julian McMahon visits Nusakambangan island to talk with the Bali nine duo. Picture: Lukman S. Bintoro Source: News Corp Australia

In addition the revelation that another of the 10 slated for execution has had his application for a judicial review of his case pending and unanswered for the past 10 years shows the shambolic nature of the clemency and execution system. Two of the others slated for execution had also not had a judicial review yet and were to be executed without being allowed to exercise all their legal rights.

Excessive force ... Myuran Sukumaran at Cilacap airport. Source: Supplied

Indonesian man Zainal Abidin first applied for a judicial review in 2005 but after an initial hearing was never given any result or verdict. After his clemency was denied this year and he was added to the execution list his lawyers sought to find out why he had not received any judicial review verdict and were told that his file had only been sent to the Supreme Court for adjudication on February 15 this year.

It comes as Prime Minister Tony Abbott continues to be snubbed by Indonesian President Joko Widodo over his last minute plea for the Bali Nine pair to avoid the firing squad.

Mr Abbott yesterday confirmed his request on Wednesday to speak directly to the Indonesian President about the pair had yet to be met.

"At this stage that hasn't been able to be arranged," Mr Abbott said.

High security ... police patrol the island of Nusakambangan as Julian McMahon arrives to see the Bali Nine ringleaders. Picture: Adam Taylor Source: News Corp Australia

The Prime Minister said he did not want to hold out "false hope" to the Australian people that the two men would be given clemency but that the government was doing everything it could to halt their executions.

"No one should be let off scot free but while we deplore drug crime we also deplore the drug penalty," Mr Abbott said.

"We are continuing to work with the Indonesian government to try and get them to appreciate it is in their best values to not go ahead with these executions."

False hope ... Bali Nine ringleader Andrew Chan inside Kerobokan jail. Picture: Adam Taylor Source: News Corp Australia

In a rare shift in position, Mr Widodo conceded in an interview with Al Jazeera the Indonesian Government would be open to abolishing the death penalty if the Indonesian people wanted change.

"The constitution and existing laws still allow (the death penalty) but in the future if it is necessary to change it and the people really want it, why not?" he said.

And the former Indonesian Justice Minister, Amir Symasuddin, has accused the Indonesian Government of turning the turning the transfer of Chan and Sukumaran into a "death show".

Need for change ... a woman lights a candle for Bali Nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran in Denpasar. Source: Getty Images

"I think any step that is related to the execution will be better if we also remember and maintain the feeling of the families and the convicted. No need for so much exposure, it seems like we made it into a death show," Mr Symasuddin said at a Democratic Party conference in Bali.

"Moreover, their country (Australia), when they watched it (the transfer), they see that we have made it into a big show, like a roaring death show."

Mr Syamsuddin was Justice Minister under previous President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, known as SBY. He would not be drawn on whether he agreed with the executions or not.

SBY also attended the conference in Bali but he too would not be drawn on whether he agreed with what was going on under his successor.

Transfer to island ... Bali Nine ringleader Andrew Chan on the plane from Bali to Cilacap. Source: Supplied

The letter of last requests, from 41-year-old Nigerian Raheem Agbaje Salami, was written on March 2.

Further evidence of the chaotic system is that Salami is not even his real name. The man's real name is Jamu Owolabi Abashin. When he was arrested in 1998, he was carrying a fake passport in the name of Salami but the Indonesian paperwork surrounding his case has never

reflected that.

In his letter of last requests, Abashin or Salami apologises for his crime of 17 years ago and says "my last hope" is the execution of myself is the last in Indonesia because life and death is in God's hands only.

He also says execution is not the way to solve Indonesia's drug problems which is home to a judicial system where money buys verdicts.

Lawyers for the Bali nine ringleaders say they are encouraged by a delay in the pair's executions.

"Drug dealers are mostly free because they have the ability to 'play' the law. They are free and conduct drug transactions and that's why drug eradication is difficult. Stop the legal trading in Indonesia.

"I know and went through the situation where, because of my poverty, I can't engage in that practice (bribery of police and Judges), so I received a heavy sentence," the Nigerian says.

His last request is that he be allowed to call his family in Nigeria and his organs, like cornea and kidney, be donated. And he asks for his body to be handed over to a Pastor at St Cornelius Church in Madiun, Java for burial.

Raheem or Abashin is held in the same block of four holding cells as Chan and Sukumaran and the three have able to talk and give each other spirit.

The families of Chan and Sukumaran, who have been in the Central Javanese town of Cilacap since last Thursday, will on Monday travel to Nusakambangan for their first visit to the two men.


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