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

An Indonesian police firing squad boards a boat in Cilacap to cross to Nusakambangan maximum security prison island on April 28, 2015, ahead of the planned execution of drug convicts. Indonesia geared up to execute eight foreign drug convicts by firing squad after midnight April 28, despite a firestorm of international criticism and heartrending last-ditch pleas by the condemned prisoners' families. AFP PHOTO / AZKA

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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