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Jakarta Post

Decades on death row: Calls made for commutation of death sentences

  • Galih Gumelar

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 12, 2020   /  09:03 pm
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A PMI officer sprays disinfectant on the door of the Cipinang Class 1 Correctional Institution in Jakarta on March, 20.(Antara/Galih Pradipta)

With dozens of Indonesia’s death row inmates having spent more than 10 years waiting for their execution dates, one government official and legal activists are calling for reform of what they consider to be an unjust and inhuman system. At present, 358 death row inmates – convicted of crimes ranging from drug-related offenses to terrorism – are awaiting execution in 22 correctional facilities across the country, data from the Law and Human Rights Ministry show. Fifty-seven have been waiting on death row for more than 10 years – including three who have been on death row for between 21 and 40 years and one who has been waiting for 41 years. “Many death row convicts have spent more than a decade in prison as if they have also received prison sentences as well,” Law and Human Rights Ministry research and development agency head Sri Puguh Budi Utami ...