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Nusakambangan waters cleared ahead of executions

  • Agus Maryono

    The Jakarta Post

Cilacap, Central Java   /   Thu, July 28, 2016   /  11:15 am
Nusakambangan waters cleared ahead of executions All set – A Navy vessel patrols the waters around Nusakambangan prison island in Cilacap, Central Java, on Thursday. Nusakambangan waters have been cleared of vessels ahead of the expected executions of 14 drug convicts early Friday. (thejakartapost.com/Agus Maryono)

Waters around Nusakambangan prison island in Cilacap, Central Java, have been cleared of boats ahead of the expected executions of 14 death-row drug inmates.  

Media reports say the executions will be conducted early Friday. As of today, however, there has been no official announcement by the authorities on the exact date of the executions.

A Navy sea patrol vessel has patrolled Nusakambangan waters over the past two days to keep the area clear of general shipping. Equipped with armed personnel, the vessel is patrolling Nusakambangan waters from the island's western tip to its easternmost area, a distance of 20 kilometers.

(Read also : Family wants drug convict Merri Utami to be buried in Nusakambangan)

“We have agreed to sterilize the Nusakambangan area, both its land and waters. We are supported by Navy personnel in the security precautions,” said Cilacap Police spokesperson Adj.Comr.Bintoro said on Thursday.

On Thursday morning, areas of Nusakambangan, especially the Wijaya Pura Dock complex, which is the only official gateway to the prison island, have been tightly secured. Unlike in previous days in which it was secured by regular police officers, Nusakambangan is now secured by heavily armed Mobile Brigade (Brimob) agents.

Only prison personnel and visitors of the condemned reportedly have access to Nusakambangan. They are allowed to enter the area only after going through tight security procedures conducted by Brimob agents. (ebf)

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