Indonesia has executed three Nigerians and one Indonesian on Friday, July 29, by firing squared few minutes after mid-night despite international plea for clemency.
Following a judgement which condemned the alleged drug traffickers who where marked to be executed early this morning, the announcement had spark global concerns from United Nations human right officials and all affected countries, urging the country’s government to reconsider the unjust use of capital punishment.
According to local reports, the inmate have been officially identified as 4 Indonesians, while the others are citizens of Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Pakistan and India. Preparations for the executions were made at the Nusakambangan prison island in Cilacap, West Java.
Those executed include – three Nigerians and an Indonesian man – were shot during a thunderstorm at the Nusakambangan Island. As for the other 10 convicts, officials decided a “comprehensive review” was needed to “avoid any mistake,” said Attorney General H. Muhammad Prasetyo.
Execution of prisoners in Indonesia usually take place late at night outside the Nusakambangan prison facility and inmates are given 72-hours notification, hence are kept in isolation, with only the company of their religious counselors.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein expressed concern that the inmates had not received a fair trial, and urged Indonesia to halt the executions.
While all appeal had gone unheeded as the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo has defended the use of the death penalty to combat rising narcotics use, the Attorney General said:
“Our battle against drug crimes is not over and it will continue. We will maintain our commitment, our firmness and our consistency.”
One of the Nigerian among the prisoners identified as Michael Titus Igweh, was allegedly waiting for a review on his case, according to his family members. They express anguish quote: “I don’t think this is fair. They should fulfill his legal rights first,” Igwe’s sister-in-law said.
Meanwhile, Amnesty International (AI) Nigeria and other countries like Pakistan have also expressed outrage about the planned execution of one of their own. A Pakistani man, Ali (52), whom human rights groups claim was beaten into confessing has been recommended to receive clemency as he was an “innocent person,” the Indonesia’s Minister of Justice, Hafid Abbas, told AFP.
Indonesia has some of the world’s toughest drug laws and executed 14 drug convicts – mostly foreigners – last year, to widespread international condemnation.