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Security heightened at Nusakambangan ahead of executions

  • Agus Maryono

    The Jakarta Post

Cilacap   /   Wed, February 25, 2015   /  11:16 pm
Security heightened at Nusakambangan ahead of executions

Stay alert: Personnel unloading goods from a military truck belonging to the Indonesian Navy shortly after it arrives at the Wijaya Pura quay complex in the Nusakambangan prison island in Cilacap, Central Java, on Wednesday. [JP/Agus Maryono]

The Indonesian Military has intensified its sea and land patrols in areas around the Wijaya Pura quay in the Nusakambangan prison island, Cilacap, Central Java, as the executions of 11 death row convicts are approaching.

A number of military trucks were coming and going from the Wijaya Pura quay compound on Wednesday, witnesses said.

Heightened security patrols by military personnel on the Nusakambangan prison island have been seen in the last two days. For many locals, such a situation is quite rare because it is usually police personnel that used to look very busy ahead of the execution of a death row convict.

A fully equipped warship belonging to the Indonesian Navy was seen circling the Nusakambangan prison island on Wednesday.

'€œWe have readied our personnel in the waters off the coast of the Nusakambangan prison island. We are ordered to secure this island ahead of the executions. It'€™s a routine procedure we have also carried out for past executions, not only this time,'€ Navy warship commander Lt.Arief Wibowo told the journalists on Wednesday.

Earlier, Indonesian Military commander Gen.Moeldoko said he had prepared military personnel in areas in and around the Nusakambangan prison island and ordered the establishment of security posts in the area.

The heightened security precautions were aimed at ensuring that the executions of the 11 death row convicts, including two Bali Nine members, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, could run safe and smoothly without disruptions from any parties. (ebf)(+++)

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