Indonesia Executes Drug Smugglers By Firing Squad

Executions of eight out of nine convicts carried out despite plea by Australia to investigate judicial corruption.  Indonesia has executed eight out of nine drug convicts despite last-ditch appeals by Australia’s foreign minister for a stay of execution so that claims of corruption during the trials of two Australian prisoners could be investigated.

The executions were carried out by firing squad at midnight 17:00 GMT) at Besi prison on Nusakambangan Island on Tuesday, after the inmates were given 72-hour notice. Over the weekend, authorities had asked the nine inmates, two Australians, four Nigerian men, a Filipino woman, and one man each from Brazil and Indonesia, for their last wishes.

The families of the Australian convicts had paid an anguished final visit to their loved ones on Tuesday, wailing in grief as ambulances carrying empty white coffins arrived at the prison. Julie Bishop, Australia’s foreign minister, told media that she had received a letter from Indonesia on Monday night that offered no indication of a reprieve for Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.

Earlier in the day, Bishop had asked for a stay in their executions, saying allegations in the Australian media that their judges had requested money to commute the death sentences were “very serious”. Indonesian President Joko Widodo said that such concerns should have been conveyed a decade ago when the case went through the courts.

A former lawyer of the prisoners, Muhammad Rifan, told Australia’s Fairfax Media on Monday that Indonesian judges had requested more than $100,000 in return for prison terms of less than 20 years. But Rifan said the judges later told him they had been ordered by senior legal and government members in Jakarta to impose a death penalty, so the deal fell through.

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