Indonesia Executes Eight Nigerians, Others Despite Plea

Indonesia Executes Eight Nigerians, Others Despite Plea

 The Indonesian Government has executed eight convicted drug smugglers through firing squad on the island of Nusakambangan.

Local media reports that the execution took place in the Besi prison, Wednesday morning local time.

The executed include Australian nationals Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Australia had appealed for the delay of the execution due to the way the case was prosecuted in the Indonesian court.

Three Nigerians, a Brazilian, a Ghanaian and Indonesian nationals were also among those believed to have been put to death.

The men were allowed to see their families for the last time not long ago.

The Australian, Andrew Chan used the opportunity to get married to his girlfriend of a long time.

Andrew Chan, 31, married his Indonesian girlfriend Febyanti Herewila in a ceremony on Nusakambangan Island, home to several high-security prisons.

Michael Chan, the convict’s brother, urged the country’s president to show compassion to the newlyweds.

Micheal said:“He could be put to death by firing squad as soon as Tuesday, along with seven other foreign drug convicts, after authorities at the weekend gave then formal notice of their executions” the brother said.

“We’ve had a special day today. We’ve celebrated with some family and close friends.

“Hopefully the president will show some compassion, some mercy, so these two young people can carry on with their lives. It’s in the president’s hands,” he added.

A Filipina woman was sparred from being executed at the last-minute.

Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso was left out after the person who recruited her as a drug courier surrendered to police, the Jakarta Post reports.

Indonesia has some of the toughest drug laws in the world and ended a four-year moratorium on executions in 2013.


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