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POSTED | 11:20 AM | 20-02-2015

Jokowi: Execution delay due to technical issues

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has confirmed that the executions of two Australian drug convicts on death row — Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran — have not been delayed on pressure from Canberra but merely due to technical issues.

“I believe (the delay) is due to technical issues; just ask the attorney general (about the details),” Jokowi said at the Bogor Palace on Friday (20 Feb 2015).

Vice President Jusuf Kalla previously denied speculation that the executions were delayed on pressure from Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott after Australian media outlets reported that Abbott had called on the Indonesian government to not forget the aid given by Canberra to Aceh during the 2004 tsunami.

Kalla said Foreign Minister Julie Bishop had called him on Thursday to clarify Abbott’s comments.

“Yesterday (Thursday), Foreign Minister Bishop explained and (she) certainly regretted the misunderstanding,” Kalla was quoted as saying by the Jakarta Post.

According to Kalla, Bishop clarified that Abbott was merely pointing out the good ties that the two countries had forged long ago, a remark that was in line with an earlier statement Bishop made, as reported by Australian media outlets.

Kalla also said that Australia “wanted to maintain cooperation” between the two countries in various fields, including also in “fighting drugs.”

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