RI vows to free nationals from death row
The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Post
Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said the government was committed to helping release 229 Indonesian nationals currently on death row in other countries.
She further said the government would continue to provide legal and consular assistance for its citizens facing capital punishment. President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo had also instructed all Indonesian embassies and consulates abroad to unite the death row convicts with their families as this would be helpful for their psychological well-being.
'The state is giving assistance by providing them with lawyers and regular visits in the prisons and carrying out diplomatic efforts with local authorities to solve the issue,' Retno said as quoted by kompas.com in Jakarta on Tuesday.
She was speaking in response to criticisms that Indonesia had received from other countries following its plan to execute several foreign nationals mostly convicted for drug-related crimes. In January, Indonesia executed nationals from Brazil, Malawi, Nigeria, the Netherlands and Vietnam for their involvement in drug trafficking.
In response to the executions, Brazil and the Netherlands recalled their ambassadors from Indonesia. The Attorney General's Office said the next executions would include Australian, Brazilian, French, Ghanaian, Nigerian and Philippine nationals.
Most of Indonesian nationals on death row abroad are in Malaysia and Saudi Arabia and they are mostly charged under drug-related crimes or for murder. (dyl/ebf)(+++)
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