Death Penalty: Indonesia Gives Go-Ahead for More Executions

Submitted by Phillip Smith on (Issue #543)
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Indonesian authorities executed two Nigerian men, Iwachekwu Okoye and Hansen Anthony Nwaliosa, for drug trafficking on International Anti-Drug Day, June 26. They were the first executions of drug offenders in the island nation since 2004, but Indonesian authorities are warning they won't be the last.

Executions for drug offenders had been on hiatus, but that has changed since the county's Constitutional Court upheld the death penalty for drug offenses late last year. Indonesia had suspended executions for drug offenders in 2006 while the court was considering the constitutional case and had not executed a drug offender for two years prior to that.

Now, the country's attorney general is warning drug offenders on death row their days could be numbered. In a statement late last month, Attorney General Hendarman Supandji said executions would be expedited for the 58 drug offenders sentenced to death there.

That could still take some time, Deputy Attorney General A. Ritonga told the New York Times on Sunday. "Death row inmates will only be executed according to the law, after their appeals are exhausted," he said.

Ritonga added that death row prisoners can apply for clemency. But Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has publicly said he will not pardon drug offenders.

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Anonymous (not verified)

So much for a belief in Allah the merciful. Indonesia's Yudhoyono has a "kill them all, Allah knows his own" attitude.

Sat, 07/19/2008 - 4:14am Permalink
Anonymous (not verified)

To the Indonesian courts keep up the good work ur laws r set in stone and people will realize that when u execute drug dealers terrorists and murderers that you better follow the laws of your country.

Tue, 09/01/2009 - 2:20am Permalink

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