Indonesia: Government executes four convicted drug traffickers
July 29, Jakarta: The Indonesian government has carried out four of the planned executions of 14 people found guilty of drug crimes, media reports said.
The convicts were shot by firing squad at the Nusa Kambangan penal island shortly after midnight on Friday local time amid pouring rain, according to TV reports.
Deputy Attorney General Noor Rachmad also confirmed the executions to reporters, according to the AFP news agency. But Rachmad did not say why the 10 other drug convicts had not been executed.
Among those who were executed were two Nigerian citizens, a South African and one Indonesian, Al Jazeera reported. "All the others are still waiting their trials to be re-examined," our correspondent said. "It's not very clear what actually were the last conclusions [and] why these executions didn't take place. But the government is saying it has something to do with legal issues."
The lawyer of Pakistani prisoner Zulfikar Ali had earlier told our correspondent that his client was not among those who had been executed. The executions were the third set carried out since President Joko Widodo took office in October 2014.
The European Union and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights had called on Indonesia to impose an immediate moratorium on executions, and the Indian and Pakistani governments also made urgent efforts to save two nationals among the condemned.
The Indonesian government said the death penalty is necessary for narcotics-related crimes because the country was facing a drugs epidemic, particularly affecting young people, reports said.
The Oslo Times International News Network