Executed Nigerian Drug Convicts Cremated In Indonesia
One of the Nigerian drug convicts executed in Indonesia was cremated hours after the execution, while the bodies of the three others were prepared for burial.
On Friday, July 29, the Indonesian government put four drug convicts- three Nigerians and one Indonesian to death just after midnight in its war against drugs although another 10 scheduled executions were delayed.
The executed Indonesian was identified as Freddy Budiman, while the three Nigerians were Seck Osmane, Humphrey Jefferson Ejike Eleweke and Michael Titus Igweh.
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Despite strong international pleas for clemency from international rights groups, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the European Union who had urged Indonesia not to proceed, the executions on a remote prison island still went ahead.
10 other convicts including people from India, Pakistan and Zimbabwe who were due to face the firing squad were given an apparent reprieve and spared at the last minute.
Authorities did not give a reason for the reprieve, but the prison island where they were expected to be executed in outdoor clearings was hit by a major storm as the other sentences were carried out.
Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo on Friday said the 10 inmates had been returned to their cells, suggesting their executions were not imminent.
Prasetyo said as many as 14 people were originally set to face the firing squad together on Friday, but officials decided a “comprehensive review” was needed to “avoid any mistake” in the 10 cases. Speaking to reporters in Jarkata, he said that the date for the next round of executions has not been set.
Following the executions, the Federal Government has appealed to the Republic of Indonesia to tamper justice with mercy by commuting the sentence of remaining three Nigeria put on death row.
The appeal was made yesterday when the Ministry of foreign Affairs summoned the charge d’ Affairs of the Embassy of Republic of Indonesia.
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The Federal Government in a statement made available to the press yesterday said, “ though three of them have since been executed, we are still pleading on behalf of the remaining three.
Indonesian President, Joko Widodo has defended dramatically ramping up the use of capital punishment, saying that Indonesia is fighting a war on drugs and that traffickers must be heavily punished.
Friday’s executions were the third under Widodo since he took office in 2014. The last round was in April 2015, when authorities put to death eight drug convicts, including two Australians.