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Indonesia’s Bali Nine – 8 executions, young Filipina mother reprieved

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Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso of the Philippines … reprieved at the last moment. Image: The Guardian

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Report – By Agus Maryono in Cilacap, Indonesia

Defying intense pressure from the international community, the Indonesian government executed eight death row prisoners early today on Nusakambangan prison island near Cilacap in Central Java.

“We’ve carried out the executions,” said an Attorney-General’s Office (AGO) official, talking to the press on condition of anonymity.

The eight were Indonesian Zainal Abidin, Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, Brazilian Rodrigo Gularte, Nigerians Sylvester Obiekwe Nwolise, Raheem Agbaje Salami and Okwudili Oyatanze, Ghanaian Martin Anderson.

Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso of the Philippines was spared after a woman who allegedly recruited her to act as a drug courier gave herself up to police in the Philippines yesterday.

“The executions were carried out at 12:30 am,” Suhendro Putro, funeral director with the Javanese Christian Church (GKJ) in Cilacap, said in a short message service.

AGO spokesman Tony Spontana said the government had agreed to the final requests fielded by two Australian death-row convicts for their bodies to be flown to Australia for burial.

A Cilacap police officer said that after the executions, prayers were said for each person according to their respective religion.

“The executions went well, without any disruptions,” he said.

The AGO stated that the executions had been carried out after it had heard all eight convicts’ final requests.

The execution was the second round after the first was carried out on January 18, during which six inmates from Indonesia, the Netherlands, Brazil, Nigeria, Vietnam and Malawi were killed by firing squad.

Source: The Jakarta Post/Pacific Media Watch 9245

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