Judgment Day Ghanaian, Eight Others To Face Execution In Indonesia

A Ghanaian and eight others may be a step closer to death as Indonesian authorities plan to transfer them to the Island where they will be executed.

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Martin Anderson, also known as Belo, was convicted of possession of 50 grams of heroin in Jakarta in November 2003. The South Jakarta District Court sentenced him to death in June 2004.

The death sentence has caught global attention with appeals especially from the Austrialian government for the release of their two citizens—Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, who face execution by firing squad soon after the transfer.

The other candidates who could also share the fate of the three  are Silvester Obiekwe (Nigerian), Raheem Agbaje Salami (Nigerian), Zainal Abidin (Indonesian), Serge Areski Atlaoui (French), Rodrigo Gularte (Brazilian), Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso (Filipino).

Currently, Ghana has no consular representation in Indonesia—a situation that means that Anderson has never been visited by any Ghanaian official since his incarceration, according to an Amnesty International Report. 

According to repriev.org.au, an Australian website, Ghanaian consular officer working at the High Commission in Malaysia has stated that, as far as he was aware, no Ghanaian officials have visited Martin in prison since his incarceration in 2004. 

The source told Amnesty International that, following Martin’s arrest, Ghanaian authorities questioned whether Martin‘is a person from another country using a false passport’ and this is why they were yet to visit him after 11 years.

Indonesia has some of the toughest drug laws in the world. 

"It [the transfer] is planned for tomorrow [Wednesday] afternoon. Everything is ready. We will use two planes for the convicts and security personnel," the head of the Bali High Court, Momock Bambang Samiarso, according to a BBC report.

Chan and Sukumaran will be transferred from Kerobokan jail in Bali to maximum security prison facilities on Nusakambangan Island, off Java, where the execution will take place.

They will be accompanied by two other prisoners from the Bali jail, the Associated Press reported.

The pair — a-45-year-old Nigerian man and a 30-year-old woman from Spain — are also facing execution.

Australia has mounted a sustained diplomatic campaign to try and stop the shootings going ahead.

"I will continue to contact counterpart ministers to press for a stay of execution," Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Chan and Sukumaran were convicted of trying to smuggle heroin out of Indonesia in 2005, but relatives and supporters have argued that they have been rehabilitated while in jail. 

Lawyers for the two Australians aid they were still attempting to mount a legal challenge but Mr Prasetyo said on Monday that any legal appeals were no longer valid following the earlier rejection of clemency by Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

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