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Jakarta Post

Death penalty becoming more popular in Indonesia

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 10 2016   /  07:14 am

Indonesia, one of only 25 countries in the world that still impose capital punishment, has seen 35 people sentenced to death by the courts since the start of the year, according to the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras). That number could grow in the coming years, as the country is mulling whether to widen the application of the ultimate penalty.

Marking the 14th World Day Against the Death Penalty, Kontras issued a report that shows legal flaws in the application of capital punishment and in the execution of four death row inmates this year. One bright spot is that some death sentences have been overturned on appeal by the Supreme Court.

“This trend is likely to continue and may even get worse, given the government’s legal policies and plans to amend some laws,” Kontras warned in the report presented at a news conference on Saturday.