Family of a Pakistani urges Indonesia to halt his execution

ISLAMABAD (AP) " The sister of a Pakistani convicted of drug crimes has appealed the Indonesian government to spare the life of her ailing brother who is expected to be executed by a firing squad along with 12 others in the next 48 hours.

The plea for halting execution from Sajida Bibi came a day after authorities in Indonesia tightened security at a prison to execute drug convicts, including Zulfikar Ali. His sister and other relatives insisted Wednesday that Ali is innocent.

Justice Project Pakistan, a group that provides free legal representation, says Pakistani diplomats are trying to save Ali's life but intervention by Pakistan's president or prime minister is now required. It says Indonesian police used violent duress to obtain a confession from Ali, who was arrested in November 2004.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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