Pubdate: Mon, 02 May 2016
Source: Jakarta Post (Indonesia)
Copyright: The Jakarta Post
Authors: Margareth S. Aritonang and Agus Maryono


It is still fresh in the memory when the Indonesian public witnessed 
fellow citizens holding hands in solidarity to ask the government to 
spare the lives of drugs traffickers months before the execution last year.

The calls grew louder approaching the execution date of April 29, 
especially following the revelation of the convicts' identities.

Leaders of Australia, France and the Philippines urged Indonesia to 
save their citizens from capital punishment. But no such actions are 
seen today, since the government has kept the plan below the radar.

Although it has announced that another round of executions lies 
ahead, no further details have been provided, raising concerns among 
families of inmates and human rights activists.

Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo was economical with his 
explanations on the third round of executions during a recent hearing 
at House of Representatives Commission III overseeing law and human 
rights, unlike last year, when he provided details on the 
preparations and the lineup.

Prasetyo and other officials from the Attorney General's Office (AGO) 
remained tight-lipped when asked for further information. "I am 
sorry. I have no updates regarding the execution," is all AGO 
spokesperson Amir Yanto said in response to The Jakarta Post's query on Sunday.

Despite Jakarta's silence, the National Police and military troops 
are on guard on the Nusakambangan prison island in Cilacap, Central 
Java, where executions take place.

Central Java Police chief Insp. Gen. Condro Kirono, who is in charge 
of the local police's Mobile Brigade (Brimob) that will carry out the 
execution, has been at the location for a week to personally ensure 
security in and around the Nusakambangan facility.

A firing squad from the Central Java Police's Brimob was ready to 
execute drug traffickers, who would each face 14 shooters, said Condro.

He added that 140 Brimob personnel had been sent to the scene and 
were prepared to put 10 drug traffickers to death, in addition to a 
team of doctors and spiritualists to check the physical and mental 
condition of the convicts. Condro declined to discuss further details.

The government's silence has raised speculation that the next round 
could include convicts of the so-called "Tangerang Nine" ring, who 
were found guilty of drug trafficking following a 2005 police raid on 
what was considered Southeast Asia's largest illicit 
drug-manufacturing factory in Banten, West Java. Adding to such 
speculation, the Supreme Court recently rejected a case review filed 
by several Chinese nationals implicated in the case and Frenchman 
Serge Areski Atlaoui, who escaped execution last year.

"All calls for pleas have fallen on deaf ears. President [Joko 
"Jokowi" Widodo] insists on carrying on with the death penalty 
instead of implementing a moratorium to review all cases and at the 
same time improve the judicial system of the country to minimize 
miscarriage of justice," said Al Araf, director of human rights 
watchdog Imparsial.
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