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Jakarta Post

Death row inmates arrive at Nusakambangan amid preparations for fourth round of executions

  • Agus Maryono

    The Jakarta Post

Cilacap   /   Mon, March 13, 2017   /  08:46 am
Death row inmates arrive at Nusakambangan amid preparations for fourth round of executions Activists demand President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo cancel the execution of death row convict Merri Utami in a peaceful rally on Jl.Pahlawan in Semarang, Central Java, last year, ahead of a third round of executions. (

At least seven death row inmates from Salemba penitentiary in Jakarta have been transferred to a high-security prison in Nusakambangan, Cilacap, Central Java, a move that has previously preceded executions on the prison island.

Abdul Aris, the warden of Nusakambangan, confirmed that 56 convicts were moved to Nusakambangan on Friday, but refused to give the exact number of death row inmates among them.

“[On Friday] 50 inmates were transferred from Salemba and six inmates from Magelang, including some death-row convicts,” said Abdul to the media on Sunday.

Speculation is rife that the seven death row convicts are US Frank Amando; Chinese Chen Weibiao, Xiao Jin Zeng and Lo Tin Yau; Malaysian E Wee Hock, Nigerian Frank Chiediebere Nwaomeka; and Hong Konger Lai Shiu Cheung Anika.

Attorney General M. Prasetyo said earlier in a hearing with lawmakers that the government was preparing a fourth round of executions.

(Read also: Plan to execute death row inmates still on)

The last time death row convicts were executed on Nusakambangan was in July 2016. Four drug convicts were executed from the 14 listed at the time, consisting of an Indonesian man and three Nigerians. (wit)

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