Brazil asks Indonesia not to execute two Brazilian nationals

15:45, April 20, 2010      

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Brazil's Justice Ministry said Monday that it would send a plea for mercy to Indonesia to avoid the execution of two Brazilian drug traffickers.

Brazil decided to file a plea following a meeting on Saturday between Brazilian Justice Minister Luiz Paulo Barreto and his Indonesian counterpart, Patrialis Akbar.

Barreto said Brazil recognizes the sovereignty of Indonesia and does not intend to question its justice system.

"What we ask is that they are not executed," he said.

"It would be very offensive to our country, because Brazil does not have the death penalty and no Brazilians have ever been executed outside the country," he said.

One of the Brazilians that have been condemned to death is a 48-year-old flight instructor, Marcho Archer Cardoso Moreira. He was imprisoned in 2003 for trying to enter Indonesia with 13.4 kg of cocaine hidden in his hang-glider.

The other is a 37-year-old surfer, Rodrigo Gularte. He was sentenced to death in 2004 after he was found in possession of six kg of the same drug.

The ministry did not mention the date when the plea would be filed.



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