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Indonesia: Execution of female drug prisoner from Philippines delayed


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(By Estera Popowska)

Indonesia’s  attorney general's spokesman reportedly  said on Wednesday that the execution of a Filipina drug convict by an Indonesian firing squad was delayed at the last minute after one of her recruiters surrendered to police in the Philippines.

Reuters reported that  Tony Spontana, spokesman for the attorney general as saying  “the execution of Mary Jane (Veloso) has been postponed because there was a request from the Philippine president related to a perpetrator suspected of human trafficking who surrendered herself in the Philippines,” adding that “Mary Jane has been asked to testify.”

Meanwhile, 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 reported.

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.

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)