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Jakarta Post

Hundreds of Indonesians on death row

  • Ridwan Max Sijabat

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 8 2011   /  08:00 am

A presidential task force is attempting to save more than 280 Indonesian migrant workers from death row in Malaysia and the Middle East, a top official said Thursday.

Jumhur Hidayat, the head of the National Agency for Labor Placement and Protection (BNP2TKI), said the task force, comprised of officials from the Manpower and Transmigration Ministry, BNP2TKI and Foreign Ministry, were working to seek clemency for seven migrant workers on death row and to appeal the death sentence of about 280 others.

Four of the seven workers are in Saudi Arabia, with one each in China, Singapore and Malaysia, Jumhur said at a hearing Thursday with the House of Representatives’ Commission IX overseeing labor

Jumhur said the government was optimistic the three Indonesians in China, Singapore and Malaysia would receive clemency, but remained unsure of the four in Saudi Ar...