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Indonesia executions: Foreign envoys summoned to prison

Top row from left: Ghanaian Martin Anderson, Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, Frenchman Serge Atlaoui. Bottom row: Brazilian Rodrigo Gularte, Nigerian Raheem Agbaje Salami, Filipina Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, and Nigerian Sylvester Obiekwe Nwolise Image copyright various
Image caption Eight of the 10 awaiting execution (top row from left): Ghanaian Martin Anderson, Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, Frenchman Serge Atlaoui. Bottom row: Brazilian Rodrigo Gularte, Nigerian Raheem Agbaje Salami, Filipina Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, and Nigerian Sylvester Obiekwe Nwolise

Indonesia has summoned foreign embassy officials to the prison where nine convicted foreign drug smugglers and one Indonesian are due to be executed.

Diplomats confirmed to the BBC that they had been told to go to the island prison of Nusakambangan on Saturday.

The request could suggest the executions, which include the two Australia ringleaders of the Bali Nine heroin-smuggling gang, are approaching.

That is despite outrage in many of the convicts' countries of origin.

The prisoners facing execution include people from Nigeria, Brazil, France, and the two Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

The 10th death row prisoner, Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso from the Philippines, was being transferred to Nusakambangan prison on Friday.

The executions have been subject to repeated delays and no execution date has yet been set - convicts must be given 72 hours' notice.


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Image caption Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were sentenced to death in 2006 for drug smuggling

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"We have been told to be there on Saturday," an unnamed diplomat told Reuters news agency.

"We still don't know when the actual date of execution will happen but we expect that it will be in days."

The BBC understands that the diplomats were summoned to hear details about procedural aspects of the executions.

'D-Day'

Earlier, a spokesman for Indonesia's attorney general's office said that prosecutors had been told to begin making their preparations for the executions.

Tony Spontana told AFP news agency he hoped the single outstanding judicial case which Jakarta recognises - concerning the case of the sole Indonesian convict - would be resolved "as soon as possible so that we will have a chance to determine the D-Day of the executions".

Other convicts have filed appeals in the courts, but Indonesian authorities say judicial avenues have been exhausted.

Leonard Arpan, an Indonesian lawyer for the Bali Nine pair, expressed concern over the latest developments.

"I am hoping that the Indonesian government will respect the ongoing legal proceedings and not make a decision on executions until these proceedings have finished," he told the BBC.

"We've filed the constitutional court challenge for the Bali Nine and we are waiting for a result."

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Image caption Appeals for clemency have already been rejected by the courts in Indonesia

Mr Arpan said he had spoken to the two Australians - who were sentenced to death in 2006 - earlier in the week.

"They are in good spirits. We understand that their families are on their way to Indonesia."

Indonesia has faced heavy criticism from the countries whose nationals are facing execution.

Pleas rejected

Australia has mounted a strong diplomatic campaign on behalf of Chan and Sukumaran, while their families have argued that they are reformed characters and should be shown mercy.

The pair have already had clemency appeals rejected by Indonesian President Joko Widodo earlier this year.

In France, President Francois Hollande has warned that the execution of French defendant Serge Areski Atlaoui could damage relations with Indonesia.

Philippines Vice-President Jejomar Binay renews a call for clemency for Veloso - who says she was duped into carrying drugs - during a meeting with his Indonesia counterpart on Thursday.

Brazilian convict Rodrigo Gularte is said to suffer from paranoid schizophrenia and President Dilma Rousseff has protested to Jakarta over his death sentence.

Outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is also reported to have pleaded for clemency for the Nigerian nationals.

Mr Widodo, who took office in 2014, has a policy of denying clemency to drug offenders, saying the drug trade has caused huge damage to Indonesia.

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