For­eign drug con­victs to be ex­e­cuted

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A GROUP of drug con­victs, in­clud­ing for­eign­ers, will face the fir­ing squad in In­done­sia this week after au­thor­i­ties gave no­tice of their ex­e­cu­tions, a diplo­mat said, de­spite protests from gov­ern­ments and rights groups.

Syed Zahid Raza, the deputy Pak­istani am­bas­sador in Jakarta, said on July 26 the con­victs, who in­clude a Pak­istani, could be ex­e­cuted around mid­night to­mor­row after of­fi­cials sig­nalled the start of a 72-hour no­tice pe­riod at a meet­ing with diplo­mats.

Na­tion­als from Pak­istan, In­dia, Nige­ria and Zim­babwe are ex­pected to be ex­e­cuted along­side In­done­sians. Of­fi­cials say no Euro­peans or Aus­tralians will be in­cluded in the third round of ex­e­cu­tions un­der Pres­i­dent Joko “Jokowi” Wi­dodo.

In­done­sia sparked in­ter­na­tional out­rage with its last batch of ex­e­cu­tions in April 2015 when it put to death seven for­eign­ers. But Mr Jokowi has in­sisted Jakarta is fight­ing a war against drugs and traf­fick­ers must be harshly pun­ished.

Pak­istan has so far pub­licly voiced the most con­cern about the up­com­ing ex­e­cu­tions, and its for­eign min­istry on July 26 sum­moned the In­done­sian am­bas­sador to Islamabad to con­vey their con­cerns about the case of 52-year-old Zul­fiqar Ali.

Ac­tivists say Mr Zul­fiqar, sen­tenced to death in 2005 for heroin pos­ses­sion, was beaten and tor­tured into con­fess­ing.

Au­thor­i­ties have been mak­ing prepa­ra­tions, with death row drug con­victs trans­ferred to Nusakam­ban­gan prison is­land. –

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