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More drug convicts to be executed next year

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Wed, December 23 2015 | 08:55 pm Police officers at a dock in Cilacap, Central Java, guard a vessel set to transfer a drug convict to the nearby Nusakambangan prison island in April.(JP/Agus Maryono)(JP/Agus Maryono)

Police officers at a dock in Cilacap, Central Java, guard a vessel set to transfer a drug convict to the nearby Nusakambangan prison island in April.( JP/Agus Maryono )

Attorney General M Prasetyo has stressed that a third round of drug convict executions will be carried out next year.

He has yet to add further details with regard to schedule or the number of convicts that the government expects to execute.

'€œThe executions will be implemented in 2016. This should become our focus. Law enforcement should keep moving ahead,'€ said Prasetyo at the Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Minister'€™s office on Wednesday as quoted by kompas.com.

The third round of executions should have been carried out sometime this year, but the executions were delayed due to economic reasons. It is commonly feared that further executions will hinder the flow of investment into Indonesia.

To date, 14 drugs drug convicts have been executed. The previous executions received strong criticism from anti-death penalty activists and caused the souring of diplomatic relations with a number of countries including Brazil and Australia.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff responded to the execution of a Brazilian citizen by ordering its ambassador to return to Brazil and a similar move was made by the Australian government, whom lost two of its citizens.

Prasetyo, however, said that the executions had been approved of by many neighboring countries because they considered Indonesia to be serious in the fight against drugs.

'€œOur neighbors appreciate our action because drugs are our common enemy,'€ he added. ( bbn )

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