Chan on execution list despite no clemency response

CONVICTED Australian drug trafficker Andrew Chan is among 20 death row prisoners whose names have been scheduled for execution in Indonesia this year.

His name is on the list despite having not received an official response to his bid for presidential clemency.

Chan, 31, and fellow Bali Nine member Myuran Sukumaran, 33, have been on death row in Indonesia since they were convicted in 2006 for their role in a plot in 2005 to smuggle 8.2kg of heroin from Bali to Sydney.

The two Australians have exhausted all their death sentence appeals and had pinned their hopes on their remorse and rehabilitation behind bars winning them a presidential pardon.

Sukumaran's bid for clemency was rejected last week.

Last week Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he hoped their executions would not go ahead, but said he would not jeopardise Australia's relationship with Indonesia in the process.

"We oppose the death penalty for Australians at home and abroad," Mr Abbott said.

"We obviously respect the legal systems of other countries, but where there is an attempt to impose the death penalty on an Australian, we make the strongest possible diplomatic representations.

"That is happening right now."

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has previously declared that none of the 64 convicted drug smugglers on death row would get clemency from him.

- APN NEWSDESK


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