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Jakarta Post

Nigerian drug smugglers buried day after execution

  • Agus Maryono and Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

Purwokerto, Semarang   /   Sat, June 28 2008   /  11:54 am

Two Nigerians executed by firing squad on Nusakambangan prison island for drug smuggling were buried Friday at Nirbaya, about six kilometers from the prison on the same island. Nirbaya is a former prison used during the Dutch colonial era where political prisoners linked to the now-defunct Indonesian Communist Party and those facing subversion charges were executed in 1985 and 1987 respectively. Samuel Iwachekwu Okoye and Hansen Anthoni Nwaolisa were executed around midnight on Thursday on the prison island, situated off the coast of Central Java. Both Okoye and Nwaolisa were caught smuggling some seven kilograms of heroin into the country through Soekarno Hatta airport in 2001. Their requests for clemency from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono were rejected in 2004. The executions were conducted by two team of firing squads from the Central Java Police's...