News ID: 116863
Published: 0616 GMT April 28, 2015

Indonesia confirms execution of drug traffickers

Indonesia confirms execution of drug traffickers

Indonesia has confirmed that nine drug convicts, including eight foreigners, will be executed at a high-security prison in the coming hours.

Indonesia’s judicial authorities said late Tuesday that the executions would go ahead shortly after midnight (1700 GMT).

“The execution of nine convicts will be carried out after midnight,” media outlets quoted Indonesia’s Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo as saying.

Executions are traditionally carried out just after midnight in Indonesia by a 12-man firing squad.

The convicts have already been transported to the maximum-security prison island of Nusakambangan, in which Indonesia keeps prisoners sentenced to death.

Reports indicate that ambulances were seen carrying coffins to the prison island.

Indonesian authorities gave the convicts a final notice at the weekend.

According to the Indonesian constitution, Jakarta must give 72 hours’ notice before an execution.

On April 25, formal notifications were issued to the eight foreign convicts, who hail from Australia, Nigeria, Brazil and the Philippines, along with an Indonesian prisoner.

All eight convicts lost appeals for clemency from Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who has adopted a hard line against drug trafficking and argues that Jakarta is facing a national emergency over drug trafficking.

Nearly 140 people are on death row in Indonesia mostly for drug crimes. Drug offenders face harsh punishments, including the death penalty, in the country. About a third of the convicted people are foreigners.

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