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Indonesia reaffirms use of death penalty despite criticism

  • Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 1, 2017   /  05:12 pm
Indonesia reaffirms use of death penalty despite criticism Attorney General M. Prasetyo attends a working meeting with House of Representatives Commission III overseeing legal affairs and human rights on Sept. 26 last year. (Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)

Attorney General M. Prasetyo said on Wednesday that Indonesia would continue to impose the death penalty on those guilty of extraordinary crimes, including drug trafficking. 
 
“We never claimed to have stopped executions,” Prasetyo told lawmakers from the House of Representatives’ legal affairs and human rights commission during a hearing on Wednesday.

(Read also: It’s impossible for Indonesia to abolish death penalty: Expert)
 
Prasetyo explained that executions had been put on hold while Indonesia lobbied for international support to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

 “We are still implementing the death penalty, but are focusing on the greater interest for the time being. The government is trying to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council,” he emphasized. (dan)

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