Indonesia rejects Filipina's death row appeal

MANILA -- Indonesia’s Supreme Court has rejected the application of a Filipina on a death row for a judicial review of her case, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Friday.

Mary Jane Veloso, who was convicted for illegal drug possession and was placed on death row, is set to face the firing squad.

Veloso's lawyers earlier argued the technicality of the case, saying that the Filipina was not given a licensed translator during her trial, but the Indonesia's Supreme Court denied her application. The court did not provide details on the ruling.

Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said in a text message that they will exhaust all legal means to help Veloso.

Veloso, 30, entered Yogyakarta as a tourist via Malaysia in 2010. She is a single mother and an informal worker.

She was caught bringing 2.6 kilos of heroin in her suitcases, which she said a friend asked her to bring.

Indonesia also plans to execute Veloso, along with two high-profile Australian inmates and convicts from France, Brazil, Ghana, and Nigeria. (CVB/Sunnex)


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