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Breaking news: Indonesia executes 8 death row prisoners convicted of drug trafficking early Wednesday


SomaNet News Archive

(By Estera Popowska)

Despite repeated pressure from the international community, the Indonesian government executed eight death row prisoners early on Wednesday on Nusakambangan prison island near Cilacap in Central Java, the Jakarata Post has just reported.

Although Somalinet cannot confirm the authenticity of the report, an official from Indonesian Attorney General’s Office (AGO) reportedly said “we've carried out the executions”.

Among the executed, were Indonesian Zainal Abidin, Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, Brazilian Rodrigo Gularte, Nigerians Sylvester Obiekwe Nwolise, Raheem Agbaje Salami and Okwudili Oyatanze, Ghanaian Martin Anderson.

One of the convicts, Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso of the Philippines was reportedly  spared after a woman who allegedly recruited her to act as a drug courier gave himself up to police in the Philippines on Tuesday.

The execution was the second round after the first was carried out on Jan. 18, during which six inmates from Indonesia, the Netherlands, Brazil, Nigeria, Vietnam and Malawi were killed by firing squad (Source: The Jakarata Post)