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Jakarta Post

Executions could continue, depending on funding: AGO

Executions could continue, depending on funding: AGO Student protesters hold a picture of Mary Jane Veloso, a Filipino drug convict, to urge Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to save her from execution during a rally near Malacanang presidential palace in Manila, the Philippines, on Sept. 13, 2016. (AP/Aaron Favila)
Fachrul Sidiq (The Jakarta Post)
Jakarta   ●   Wed, January 4, 2017

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has said it may execute more drug convicts this year, explaining that it largely depended on funding.

AGO spokesperson Muhammad Rum said his office had made improvements to law enforcement, including by executing drug convicts to curb the circulation of drugs, and that more executions could be scheduled for this year.

In 2016, four drugs convicts were executed, despite criticism by foreign countries and human rights groups that lambasted Indonesia for implementing capital punishment.

 “In an effort to eradicate drugs in Indonesia, AGO junior prosecutors for general crimes executed four convicts: Michael Titus Igweh [Nigerian], Freddy Budiman [Indonesian], Humprey Ejike, also known as Doctor [Nigerian], and Seck Osmane [Senegal],” Rum said.

(Read also: Four executed convicts major drug traffickers: AGO)
The case of drug kingpin Freddy Budiman sparked nationwide concern when human rights defender Haris Azhar of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) alleged that personnel from the National Narcotics Agency (BNN), the National Police and the Indonesian Military (TNI) had helped the convict run the illegal business.(jun)