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Jakarta Post

10 foreigners among 15 convicts awaiting execution

  • Agus Maryono

    The Jakarta Post

Cilacap   /   Wed, May 11, 2016   /  09:35 am
10 foreigners among 15 convicts awaiting execution KM Pengayoman is moored at the Wijayapura quay in Cilacap, Central Java, on Sunday. The prison authority vessel is used to take inmates, prison officials and families of Nusakambangan prisoners to and from the island. (JP/Agus Maryono)

Ten of at least 15 convicts facing the firing squad at the Nusakambangan prison island in Central Java’s Cilacap regency are foreign citizens.

"There are five Indonesians – one woman and four men. Meanwhile, there are 10 foreign citizens," Central Java Police spokesman Sr. Comr. A. Liliek Darmanto said on Tuesday.

In a rare move, police have revealed that among the foreign citizens are four Chinese, one Pakistani, two Nigerians, two Senegalese and one Zimbabwean. Liliek revealed no further information on the identifies of the inmates to be executed.

The spokesman confirmed that preparations for the executions were underway. In addition to Central Java Mobile Brigade (Brimob) personnel, religious clerics would accompany the convicts.

"They [the firing squad] have practiced for days, so that the execution can be conducted any time," Liliek said.

In reference to the law on execution, he said each convict would be shot to death by a squad of 10 people. Hence, 150 personnel had been prepared for the execution of 15 inmates, he added.

Liliek said in addition to the firing squad, each team also included two Brimob members who would be responsible for holding up a spotlight on the inmate.

“So there are 12 people for 1 convict. [The executions] are carried out simultaneously so the process will not extend too long," he added.

While a date for the execution has not yet been revealed, Attorney-General Muhammad Prasetyo said earlier this month that it was only a matter of choosing the day, since the preparations were all done. (liz/dmr)

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