October 9, 2020 | News | No Comments
According to Indonesian media, eight men, including two of the Bali 9, have been executed. One of the prisoners set to be executed, Mary Jane Veloso, has reportedly received a reprieve. The Guardian is providing live updates.
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The Indonesian government is on the verge of executing nine death row drug convicts, including eight foreigners and two members of the so-called ‘Bali 9,’ after rejecting their 11th-hour clemency pleas ahead of what is being called the country’s largest mass execution in decades.
Friends and relatives of prisoners convicted of trying to smuggle heroin and cocaine out of Bali in 2005 held farewell meetings with the inmates on Tuesday on the prison island of Nusa Kambangan, situated off the coast of Java.
The Bali 9 pair are Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, who officials say were the ringleaders of the operation. Also scheduled to be executed tonight are Martin Anderson, Raheem Agbaje Salami, and Silvester Obiekwe Nwolise of Nigeria; Rodrigo Gularte of Brazil; and Mary Jane Veloso of the Philippines.
They are to be tied to posts and killed by a firing squad within hours, shortly after midnight Jakarta time.
Another death row prisoner, Serge Atlaoui of France, was given a last-minute, two-week reprieve pending another review of his case. Legal and humanitarian appeals for the others have been exhausted, according to Human Rights Watch.
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