The Jakarta Post
The five death-row convicts set to face the firing squad on Nusakambangan Island in Cilacap regency, Central Java, have reportedly accepted their fate.
The convicts, most of them foreign citizens, expressed their feelings to the Cilacap branch of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) head Hasan Makarim, whose task it is to provide them with religious counseling ahead of their execution.
'All of them are ready and none of them filed for protest ahead of their execution. They said they have accepted our legal ruling,' Hasan told the media Friday at the Wijaya Pura Pier on Nusakambangan Island.
The ulema said he had been traveling back and forth to Nusakambangan prison over the past two days to help the convicts mentally prepare for their deaths.
He did not say whether all five convicts were Muslims.
Hasan added that the convicts were physically and mentally sound. 'They are all healthy. One of them, Rani Andriani, from Cianjur, West Java, is fasting and has resigned her fate to God,' Hasan said.
He added that Rani had been fasting since before being transferred from the Tangerang penitentiary in West Java to Nusakambangan two days ago.
'Rani has asked to be buried next to her mother's grave in her hometown of Cianjur, while the others did not make any requests,' said Hasan.
Five of the convicts will be executed on Nusakambangan Island, while another, Tran Thi Bich Hanh, from Vietnam, will be killed in Boyolali, Central Java.
Two days ahead of the execution, members from the local prosecutor's office and the Cilacap Police have increased security at the Wijaya Pura Pier, the entry point to Nusakambangan Island.
Only relatives of the convicts and security personnel are currently permitted on the island.
Cilacap Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Ulung Sampurna said dozens of police officers had been assigned to secure the Wijaya Pura Pier.
'We are tasked with securing Ring 3, or the areas around the Wijaya Pura Pier. No one is allowed to enter except prison personnel and convicts' relatives,' Ulung told The Jakarta Post on Friday.
Meanwhile, authorities at Boyolali penitentiary were still waiting for further instructions regarding the execution of Tran Thi Bich Hanh, which slated to be carried out on Jan. 18 in Boyolali, Central Java.
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