Indonesia Watchdog Says 2016 Execution of Nigerian for Drug Offences Was Unlawful

Indonesia’s state watchdog says the execution last year of a Nigerian man for drug offences should not have been carried out and was the result of institutional negligence, The Globe reports.

Humphrey Jefferson was among four men executed by firing squad at Nusa Kambangan prison island last July 29. Ten others were also due to be executed at the same time but were given a reprieve at the last moment without explanation.

Ombudsman Ninik Rahayu said Friday the execution should not have been carried out while Jefferson’s request for clemency was still in process. That it occurred was negligent, discriminatory and showed “maladministration” by the Attorney General’s Office, which oversees executions, she said.

Lawyer Ricky Gunawan said the Ombudsman’s report “confirms our allegations that the Attorney General’s Office did violate the law.”



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