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Uno dei giustiziati, il nigeriano Humphrey Jefferson Ejike Eleweke
Humphrey Jefferson Ejike Eleweke was executed despite a last-minute clemency appeal to the Indonesian president
INDONESIA: FOUR PRISONERS KILLED IN FIRST EXECUTIONS IN A YEAR

July 29, 2016: Indonesia has carried out its first executions in more than a year despite a string of legal appeals, diplomatic pressure and international condemnation.
Four prisoners, all sentenced to death for drug offences, were escorted to a clearing on the penal island of Nusa Kambangan and shot dead by a firing squad early on July 29.
They were identified as Freddy Budiman, an Indonesian citizen; Humphrey Jefferson Ejike Eleweke and Michael Titus Igweh, from Nigeria; and Seck Osmane, from Senegal.
Ten others who had also faced execution – including three Indonesians, and foreign nationals from countries including Pakistan and India – were not killed, but officials said they would be put to death at a later date.
Authorities did not give a reason for the reprieve, but the island was hit by a major storm as the other executions took place.
Deputy attorney general Noor Rachmad said the four men were executed shortly after midnight local time.
“This is not a fun job. For us, this is really a sad job because it involves people’s lives,” he said. “This was done not in order to take lives but to stop evil intentions, and the evil act of drug trafficking.”
Jefferson’s lawyer, Afif Abdul Qoyim, told AFP the execution should not have gone ahead as his client this week filed a legal appeal. “When this process is not respected, that means that this is no longer a country that upholds the law, nor human rights,” he said.
Lawyers said there was evidence to suggest Jefferson was not guilty of the crime for which he was condemned to death – possessing 1.7kg of heroin – including an admission of guilt on his deathbed by the man who allegedly framed him.
Jefferson had previously refused to apply for clemency, arguing that it would equate to an admission of guilt. But in a last-ditch effort, his lawyers lodged an appeal for clemency on Monday morning. Under Indonesian law executions cannot be carried out while a clemency appeal is still pending.
Police, army and navy personnel were tightly monitoring the port, the gateway to Nusa Kambangan prison, with 1,500 officers assigned to guard the area.
Coffins were ferried to Nusa Kambangan on July 28 morning, and spiritual advisers – who provide comfort and guidance to prisoners in their final hours – were told to prepare the inmates for their deaths within hours.
Amnesty International described the execution as “a deplorable act”.
“Any executions that are still to take place must be halted immediately. The injustice already done cannot be reversed, but there is still hope that it won’t be compounded,” said Rafendi Djamin, Amnesty’s director for south-east Asia and the Pacific.
Indonesia had largely withheld details of this round of executions from the public, declining even to publicly confirm the list of those slated to be executed in the hours leading up to their deaths.
Two people whose cases had raised high-profile international concern among rights groups were not executed.
The first was Pakistani Zulfiqar Ali, who has alleged he was beaten into confessing to the crime of heroin possession. The other was Indonesian woman Merri Utami, who was caught with heroin in her bag as she came through Jakarta airport and claims she was duped into becoming a drug mule.
Ricky Gunawan, the director of the Community Legal Aid Institute, said the lack of transparency around the latest round of executions has been a convenient cover. “For all this time they have kept it secret,” he said. “Indonesia is perhaps aware that there are so many laws they are violating so that’s why they keep it secret.”
Under Indonesian law death row prisoners cannot be executed unless all legal avenues – including clemency appeals – are fully exhausted. (Sources: theguardian.com, 29/07/2016)

SAUDI ARABIA: BANGLADESHI MAN CONVICTED OF KILLING COMPATRIOT EXECUTED IN JEDDAH
MOROCCO: KING MOHAMMED VI PARDONS 1,272 CONVICTS ON THRONE DAY
NORTH KOREA: PYONGYANG PUBLICLY EXECUTED 6 OFFICIALS RESPONSIBLE FOR APRIL DEFECTION
BANGLADESH: DEATH SENTENCE UPHELD FOR SIX MILITANTS
SYRIA: ISIS CRUCIFIES MAN FOR APOSTASY
IRAN: SEVEN PRISONERS HANGED IN ONE DAY
SAUDI ARABIA: DEATH PENALTY ISSUED FOR SHIITE MINOR
SAUDI ARABIA: FILIPINO DRIVER WAS SAVED FROM DEATH ROW BY TWO SAUDI MILLIONAIRES
PAKISTAN: TWO DEATH ROW CONVICTS EXECUTED IN SAHIWAL, SARGODHA JAIL
PAKISTAN: MURDER CONVICT HANGED IN SIALKOT JAIL
IRAN: 250 EXECUTIONS SO FAR IN 2016
USA: SEPT. 11 PROSECUTORS ASK JUDGE TO ACCEPT 2,976 DEATH CERTIFICATES AS EVIDENCE
IRAN: PUBLIC HANGING OF A MAN IN KERMANSHAH PROVINCE
MALDIVES: SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS THIRD DEATH SENTENCE
ARKANSAS (USA): LETHAL INJECTION DRUG LIKELY FROM PFIZER SUBSIDIARY
SAUDI ARABIA: TWO MURDER CONVICTS EXECUTED
SAUDI ARABIA: FOUR CITIZENS CONVICTED OF MURDER EXECUTED
SOMALIA: SOMALILAND COURT SENTENCES 8 TO DEATH
IRAN: REGIME HANGS THREE IN PRISON
SOUTH SUDAN: TWO SOUTH SUDANESE SOLDIERS EXECUTED IN WAU
JAPAN: TOP COURT UPHOLDS DEATH PENALTY FOR KILLER TSUTSUI
IRAN: 10 PRISONERS EXECUTED AT RAJAI SHAHR PRISON IN ONE DAY
SAUDI ARABIA CARRIES OUT 99TH EXECUTION OF THE YEAR
CALIFORNIA (USA): LT. GOV. GAVIN NEWSOM ENDORSES PROPOSITION TO ABOLISH THE DEATH PENALTY
QATAR: DEATH SENTENCE FOR TWO INDIANS IN WOMAN'S MURDER CASE UPHELD
CALIFORNIA (USA): SILICON VALLEY STEER CASH TO DEATH PENALTY REPEAL BID
GAZA: HAMAS SENTENCES 3 GAZANS TO DEATH FOR SPYING FOR ISRAEL
BANGLADESH: TWO SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING JESSORE PHYSICIAN
USA: COURT OF APPEALS ORDERS NEW SENTENCING HEARING FOR ANDREW PAUL WITT
SAUDI ARABIA: PAKISTANI, ARAB EXECUTED AS TOTAL BEHEADINGS THIS YEAR NEAR 100

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