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Rights groups decry new attorney general's plan to resume death penalty

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, October 27, 2019   /  07:06 pm
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Attorney General Sanitiar Burhanuddin (JP/Seto Wardhana)

Just three days after assuming his post, Attorney General Sanitiar Burhanuddin confirmed that he planned to resume enforcement of the death penalty, a move condemned by human rights activists and that could potentially plunge Indonesia into a diplomatic crisis. Burhanuddin said the death penalty would be carried once an inkracht (final and binding court ruling) was reached. "Some cases have not yet reached an inkracht. We will definitely carry out executions,” Burhanuddin said at the Attorney General's Office (AGO) headquarters in Jakarta on Friday, as quoted by Antara. Indonesia has not carried out capital punishment since 2017 after 18 drug offenders, including foreigners, were executed in 2015 and 2016, prompting condemnation from the international community. Burhanuddin’s stance will determine the fate of more than 300 death row inmates, including for...