Bali nine: Indonesia about to execute Brazilian paranoid schizophrenic for drug smuggling

The President has ignored international pleas by diplomats and world leaders

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A paranoid schizophrenic is among the nine foreigners including two Australians due to be executed by firing squad in Indonesia, it has emerged.

The Brazilian man, Rodrigo Gularte, has been diagnosed with acute mental illness, making his execution a violation of Indonesian and international law.

After pressure from lawyers and Brazilian diplomats, the attorney general reportedly agreed last month that he should be taken off Nusa Kambangan island for a fuller mental exam but he is still believed to be a prisoner there.indonesia.jpg

Gularte’s fellow prisoners believe he talks to ghosts, although doctors have said he is responding to the voices he hears since his sanity deteriorated after being sentenced to death in 2005 for smuggling 6kg of cocaine inside surfboards.

Psychiatrists were sent by the attorney general's office to assess the 42-year-old’s condition last Tuesday, Al Jazeera reported, but the outcome of their examination was not known.

Australians Andrew Chan, 31, and Myuran Sukumaran, 33, have also been flown to the notorious Nusakambangan Island prison and are hoping their last legal appeals and increasingly desperate diplomatic interventions can prevent their deaths.

They were convicted of being the ringleaders of the “Bali Nine”, a group arrested in 2005 for attempting to smuggle 8kg of heroin to Australia from the Indonesian resort island.

A video of Chan speaking about "how precious life really is" after watching six fellow inmates be taken away for execution in January emerged yesterday on Australia's Sunday Night programme.

Halen Chan, the mother of death-row prisoner Andrew Chan, wipes away tears during a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia

A Nigerian national born in Spain, two other Nigerians, a Filipino woman and four men from Brazil, France, Ghana and Indonesia are also due to be executed.

The dates of Chan and Sukumaran’s executions have not been set and their lawyer, Peter Morrissey, believes there is still some hope for the pair.

“The main promising thing for us is that they're not dead,” he told ABC radio on Monday.

“The way some officials were talking, they should have been dead weeks ago.”

Indonesian police stand guard as the Bali Nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran arrive at Wijaya Pura Port

He will take their plea for clemency to an administrative court in Jakarta on Thursday.

Chan’s family were hoping to visit him this week, travelling to Nusakambangan from the port town of Cilacap.

“We're just looking forward to seeing him,” his brother Michael Chan told reporters.

“When we get over there, we'll give him a hug.”

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran in a holding cell while awaiting court trial in Denpasar, on Bali island

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott made a personal plea to the president of Indonesia on the Australians' behalf two weeks ago but  said on Sunday he was still waiting for an answer to his request for a phone call.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has rejected appeals by Australia's government to allow them to live and vowed not to grant mercy to any other drug offenders because Indonesia is suffering a “drug emergency.”

He has received phone calls from some foreign leaders asking that the executions be cancelled but rejected their requests, souring diplomatic relations with Australia and Brazil in particular.

Estimates suggest China leads the world in terms of the number of executions it carries out

The country has notoriously strict drug laws and executed six convicts by firing squad at Nusa Kambangan last month, including foreigners from Brazil, Malawi, Nigeria, the Netherlands and Vietnam, brushing aside last-minute appeals by foreign leaders.

There are 133 people on death row in Indonesia, including 57 for drug crimes and two convicted terrorists.

Indonesia ended a four-year moratorium on the death penalty with the execution of Malawian Adami Wilson in March 2013 and the government does not issue detailed statistics about those killed.

Convicts are led from their cells in the middle of the night, taken to a jungle clearing and shot by a 12-man firing squad.

Additional reporting by AP