Foreign drug convicts to be executed
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. –