What is certain is that if the executions do proceed, most of the victims will have been sent to the firing squad having faced tainted trials and appeals.
The allegations run from bribes being sought by judges in the cases of Chan and Sukumaran in order to grant them life over death; to unthinkable situations in which judges condemned people to death — including Brazilian schizophrenic Rodrigo Gularte — without lawyers standing at their side.
Indonesia’s sovereign right to conduct executions is not disputed, but it still needs to feel comfortable within itself when sending people to their deaths. As matters stand, no such comfort exists. People will be gunned down without having received fair trials.