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Jakarta Post

After escaping death, convicts fight for clemency

  • Margareth S. Aritonang and Ina Parlina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 3 2016   /  09:15 am

The death row inmates whose lives were spared on the night of their planned executions last week are struggling and waiting for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to decide whether he will grant them clemency, a disputed legal instrument that failed to save other inmates.

This includes Pakistani Zulfiqar Ali, who eventually caved in to requesting clemency after previously insisting on being innocent: “A bitter decision” as his lawyer Saut Edward Rajagukguk described, but necessary to save his life.

On early Friday, the government executed four drug traffickers while sparing the lives of another 10 on the initial list, arguing hazy legal and non-legal grounds for the decision.

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO), for instance, executed three inmates — Indonesian Freddy Budiman, Nigerians Seck Osmane and Humphrey Jefferson — who had filed for clemency, whil...