The Indonesian government is not succumbing to political pressures when it comes to its policy of executing drug traffickers, Indonesia's attorney general's office said.
Amidst petitions from bilateral donors led by the Australian government, Indonesian President Joko Widodo refused to even take the calls from Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to discuss the fate of two Australian citizens found guilty of drug trafficking who are being prepared for execution this week, the BBC reported.
President Widodo, who is on his first leadership term, needs higher public approval ratings and had recently declared a "national emergency" regarding drug abuse.
The Indonesian leader also turned down a petition filed by the European Union in March.
According to the Jakarta Post, the executions of the nine which include the two Australian nationals, a Brazilian, a Nigerian, a Filipino and an Indonesian will proceed as planned, Indonesian Attorney General H. M. Prasetyo said.
Prasetyo told state-owned Anatara News Agency on Monday that all the governments of the convicted drug traffickers can approach the Indonesian government and launch an appeal, but no one can influence how they will uphold their sovereignty.
He noted that the accused would be notified two days before the day of execution. Those being prepared include the two Australian nationals who confessed to being part of the so-called Bali Nine group of Australians arrested back in 2005 attempting to bring 18.5 pounds of heroin out of the Indonesian resort island and back to Australia.
The others convicted for drug trafficking include a Brazilian claiming to be mentally ill; the four Nigerian men, a female migrant worker from the Philippines, and an Indonesian worker.
Indonesia's attorney general added that the executions were postponed last week because the country played host to the 60th Asia-Africa Conference held in Jakarta through Sunday.