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Indonesia executes four drug traffickers

Published 28/07/2016

Family members and relatives of Zulfikar Ali, who is convicted of drug crimes, demand his release in a protest in Pakistan (AP Photo/KM Chaudary)
Family members and relatives of Zulfikar Ali, who is convicted of drug crimes, demand his release in a protest in Pakistan (AP Photo/KM Chaudary)
Humaira Bibi, sister of Zulfikar Ali who is expected to be executed for drug crimes in Indonesia, holds a picture of her brother (AP Photo/KM Chaudary)

The Indonesian government has executed four drug traffickers, giving a reprieve of uncertain duration to 10 others it had said would also be put to death.

One Indonesian and three Nigerians were executed by firing squad not long after midnight local time, deputy attorney-general Noor Rachmad said.

The government has not decided when the other executions will take place, he said.

Earlier this week Indonesia's attorney-general said 14 people, mostly foreigners, would be executed.

Relatives, rights groups and foreign governments had urged Indonesia to spare their lives.

It is the third set of executions under President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, who was elected in 2014 and campaigned on promises to improve human rights in Indonesia.

AP

Those executed were Indonesian Freddy Budiman and Nigerians Seck Osmane, Michael Titus and Humphrey Jefferson. The bodies of Osmane and Titus will be flown to their home country and Jefferson will be buried in Indonesia.

Lawyers and rights groups had raised serious doubts about the legitimacy of the conviction of Jefferson as well as the convictions of an Indonesian woman and a Pakistani man.

"It was not a pleasant thing but it was to implement the law," said Mr Rachmad. "The executions are only aimed at halting drug crimes."

He said a decision about other executions would be announced at a later time.

Last year, Indonesia executed 14 people convicted of drug crimes, mostly foreigners, sparking an international outcry.

AP

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