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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2402

Indonesia Executes Eight Drug Convicts

Jakarta, 29 April, (Asiantribune.com):

Defying international condemnation and rejecting 11th-hour pleas for clemency, the Indonesian government executed eight drug convicts after midnight on Wednesday, including seven foreigners.

An Indonesian firing squad executed eight convicted drug-traffickers , along g with one Indonesian, from several countries on Wednesday, prompting Australia to recall its envoy to Jakarta and bringing an angry reaction from Brazil.

The executed prisoners, were shot by police firing squads about 12:25 a.m. local time at a site outside the gates of Pasir Putih prison on the island of Nusa Kambangan off the southern coast of Java, according to the attorney general’s office.

Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were executed by firing squad along with six other drug convicts from several countries shortly after midnight on Wednesday.

In addition to the two Australians who were part of the Bali Nine, the other inmates who were executed were Nigerians Raheem Salami, Silvester Obiekwe Nwolise and Okwudil Oyatanze. Martin Anderson -- who was initially identified as Ghanian -- was actually Nigerian as well. Brazilian Rodrigo Gularte -- who was said to be mentally ill -- was also executed. The only Indonesian on the condemned list was Zainal Abidin.

But the execution of a ninth convict, scheduled to happen at the same time, was unexpectedly postponed at nearly the last minute, according to the Indonesian attorney general’s office.

The authorities granted the stay of execution to Mary Jane Veloso, 30, a Philippine citizen, after the Philippine government requested her assistance in a human trafficking case involving a woman who surrendered to the Philippine police on Tuesday.

Charlie Burrows, religious counsellor to the Brazilian convict, was with the prisoners before the execution and he confirmed to reporters that they were shot dead. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Australia had yet to receive formal confirmation of the executions from Indonesia.

Recalling an ambassador is a step rarely taken by Australia, and never previously taken over a prisoner execution.
Amnesty International said the executions were "utterly reprehensible".

"The execution of eight people in Indonesia today shows complete disregard for due process and human rights safeguards," it said in a statement.

In Australia and around the world, supporters of those executed expressed sadness, shock and anger on social media.

- Asian Tribune –

Executed  twoAustralian Citizens
Myuran Sukumaran, 33, was informed his plea for clemency had been rejected after a letter was hand-delivered to Bali's Kerobokan prison by an Indonesian government official on Wednesday
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