Indonesia to resume executions
MORE drug convicts could imminently face the firing squad in Indonesia, after authorities said yesterday they were ready to carry out a new round of executions after a hiatus.
A Pakistani death row convict was sent yesterday to Nusakambangan prison island, where Jakarta conducts executions, and an Indonesian woman sentenced to death for narcotics offences was transferred to the island over the weekend.
The Pakistani embassy in Jakarta was notified by the Indonesian foreign ministry on July 22 that Zulfiqar Ali would be executed in the near future, Pakistani deputy ambassador Syed Zahid Raza said.
“The embassy of Pakistan has approached all the concerned high officials to convince them that it was not a fair trial for Mr Zulfiqar,” he said in a statement.
Rights groups have claimed Mr Zulfiqari, sentenced to death in 2005 for heroin possession, was beaten into confessing.
Molyanto, prisons chief in Central Java province, which includes Nusakambangan, told AFP that “all the preparations ... have been made”.
“Any time the attorney-general’s office gives the order, we’re ready,” he said. –