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Indonesia Executes 3 Nigerians, 1 Local for Drug Trafficking

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CILACAP, CENTRAL JAVA, INDONESIA - JULY 28:  Indonesian police stand guard at Wijayapura port, the entrance gate to Nusakambangan prison, ahead of a third round of drug executions on July 28, 2016 in Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia. According to reports, Indonesia is likely to resume executions of 14 prisoners on death row this week. Fourteen prisoners, including inmates from from Nigeria, Pakistan, India, South Africa, and four Indonesians, have been moved to isolation holding cells at Nusa Kambangan, off Central Java.  (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

CILACAP, CENTRAL JAVA, INDONESIA – JULY 28: Indonesian police stand guard at Wijayapura port, the entrance gate to Nusakambangan prison, ahead of a third round of drug executions on July 28, 2016 in Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia.

Indonesia on Thursday (Friday local time) executed three Nigerians and one local convicted of drug trafficking.

According to YahooNoor Rachmad, Deputy Attorney General for general crimes, told reporters that they were shot by firing squad at the Nusa Kambangan penal island shortly after midnight (Indonesian time) amid pouring rain.

“The executions were for now conducted on four convicts on death row.

This is not a fun job. For us, this is really a sad job because it involves people’s lives.

This was done not in order to take lives but to stop evil intentions, and the evil act of drug trafficking,” Rachmad said.

The attorney general’s office had said late Wednesday that 14 convicts would be executed “soon.”

The Community Legal Aid Institute, which advocates for the convicts, said “those facing execution are six Nigerians, four Indonesians, two Zimbabweans, one Indian and one Pakistani.”

Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Arrmanatha Nasir, said the convicts had been given their rights according to the laws.

He insisted that the death penalty being applied in Indonesia was not against international law.

Nasir said those sentenced to death went through a legal process and that they were big traffickers, not users.

He pointed out that 121 people were on death row in Indonesia, including 35 foreigners, mainly for drug-related crimes.

Nasir said the president had taken tough stance against drug trafficking since his election in 2014, adding that the country was facing drug emergency.

The lawyer of Pakistani convict, Saut Rajagukguk said it was not clear if his client, Zulfikar Ali was spared because of a last-minute appeal or whether his execution had been postponed because of rain.

The executions were the third set carried out since President Joko Widodo took office in October 2014.

Widodo refused appeals for clemency from relatives of the convicts and ignored calls for a halt to the executions from rights groups and the United Nations.

Photo Credit: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images

9 Comments

  1. jules

    July 28, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    The nigerians had to be executed first. The rain could not delay it. Too bad

  2. zee

    July 28, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Dis should be a lesson to nigerians and other ppl who are looking for how to cut corners n get rich d fastest way

  3. LiveWire

    July 29, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Really?
    Will it stop Nigerians or those countries’ who’s nationals are also on death row? I don’t think so and firing squad is not the solution. It is way more complicated than that.
    The drug barons sit in comfort while they send desperate individuals to do this work, to the detriment of themselves. And as for that comment that they were big traffickers, that is absolute rubbish cos the big barons never do this job.

    • nnenne

      July 29, 2016 at 1:22 am

      +Live Wire. .. May God bless you.
      Finally, someone out there is reasoning!

  4. sdee

    July 29, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Get rich or die trying…..they died trying…..Wasted lives

  5. sdee

    July 29, 2016 at 7:24 am

    Did the drug barons put guns to their heads and forced them…. When you see people involved in petty businesses just to make ends meet…hoping for a better tomorrow. .u think they don’t know what they are doing. ..its all about the choices we make… Get rich or die trying…..they died trying…..Wasted lives

    • LiveWire

      July 29, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      Mehnn………That’s harsh! I still believe a lot of naive and desperate people get caught up in this thing. The picture they are painted is never the full truth. I mean who would carry this stuff knowing that there is a death sentence at the other end? Knowing that the country they are being sent to has a death sentence, firing squad, if caught? No-one. Just as they brainwash suicide bombers, so also I believe they brainwash some of these unfortunate people. I am mainly talking of countries where there is a death sentence for trafickers when caught..

    • good girl

      August 1, 2016 at 4:15 am

      live wire have you ever been to induce or malaysia.??.on their visas ,airports,embassies wall etc they clearly tell you the consequence and penalty for drug trafficking..some people actually do get away with it ..some are framed but most think there own will be different..but i agree that death penalty is harsh

  6. chii

    July 29, 2016 at 8:18 am

    pathetic!

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