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Death-row convicts moved to Nusakambangan ahead of executions

  • Agus Maryono

    The Jakarta Post

Cilacap, Central Java   /   Mon, May 9, 2016   /  09:23 am
Death-row convicts moved to Nusakambangan ahead of executions All set -- Vessel KM Pengayoman moored at the Wijayapura Quay in Cilacap, Central Java, on Sunday. The official prison authority vessel is used to take inmates, prison officials, and families of Nusakambangan prisoners to and from the island. (thejakartapost.com/Agus Maryono)

Several death-row inmates have reportedly been moved to Nusakambangan prison island in Cilacap, Central Java, signaling that their executions will be held in the near future.

Three death-row convicts from Tembesi prison in Batam were quietly transferred to Nusakambangan prison on Sunday evening. They are inmates whose verdicts were final and binding.

Using official prison authority vessel KM Pengayoman, the three inmates from Batam were taken across from the Wijayapura Quay in Cilacap to “execution island” at around 8 p.m. local time.  They are Agus Hadi, 53; Pudjo, 42; and Suryanto, 53.

“They are death-row inmates from the Batam Class II Penitentiary,” Abdul Aris, warden of Batu prison in Nusakambangan, told journalists on Sunday. They were convicted for drug-trafficking charges, he went on.

Abdul further explained that the three Batam inmates were put together with several other death-row convicts in Batu prison. There were 59 death-row convicts waiting for their executions in Nusakambangan, he added.

Last port of call – Police and security officers secure areas around the Wijayapura Quay in Cilacap, Central Java, ahead of the second round of executions of drug convicts in April 2015. (thejakartapost.com/Agus Maryono)

Law and Human Rights Ministry Central Java chapter head of correctional institution division Molyanto confirmed the transfer of the three death row inmates from Batam to Nusakambangan.

However, he could not yet confirm whether they would be executed in the upcoming round of executions, the third under President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration.

“Nusakambangan today received three drug inmates who have received the death penalty. Concerning whether they are on the list of convicts to be executed, we still don’t know,” Molyanto told journalists on Sunday.

Earlier, Attorney General M Prasetyo confirmed the execution of drug-related death row inmates whose verdicts were final and binding would be carried out soon, saying that all preparations had been made and it was now just a matter of time, he said.

Prasetyo further said that the third round of executions would be conducted on Nusakambangan, the same location as the previous executions of 14 drug convicts in January and April 2015. (ebf)

 

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