On May 31, at 3:20 p.m. Zulfiqar Ali drew his final breath, five months after he was diagnosed with stage four liver cancer in December 2017. The much-awaited clemency he was promised turned out to be empty. He died because the government failed to keep its promise.
Ali, 54, died leaving six children including one with autism and the youngest just 10 years old. His wife, Siti Rohani, is a housewife from Bogor, West Java. They married back in 2001, in the same mosque where his body was laid out for the pre-burial prayers. Ali, who was from Pakistan, was wrongly sentenced for a crime he did not commit; one of many victims of unfair trials in Indonesia.
On June 14, 2005, Ali, a former clothes seller, was sentenced to death by the Tangerang District Court under a fabricated case. His arrest until his trial bore much abuse of his rights as a suspect, includ...
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