Zimbabwean man to be executed in Indonesia


A Zimbabwean man is set to be executed along 15 other inmates in Indonesia’s next round of executions. Time Magazine reported that seven of the 10 foreigners to be executed came from countries that implement the death penalty.

“The composition of execution line-up suggests an attempt to avoid the intense international attention and outcry that happened when Jakarta executed a total of 14 drug convicts last year — all but two of them foreign citizens.

Then, there were rallies and social-media campaigns for the Australian Bali Nine ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, Filipina migrant worker Mary Jane Veloso and Frenchman Serge Atlaoui, urging President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to pardon the condemned,” reads the article.

The magazine said there was unlikely to be the same kind of uproar when the prison authorities in the penal island of Nusakambangan conduct the next round of executions, however.

Seven of the 10 foreigners set to be executed came from countries that implement the death penalty (China, Pakistan and Nigeria).

“The remaining three foreign citizens came from poor African countries: Zimbabwe, which is moving toward eliminating capital punishment, and Senegal, which abolished death penalty more than a decade ago.

“The five Indonesian inmates have been transferred to the Nusakambangan in the past month — three of them last Sunday — raising speculation that executions are imminent.

“The government hasn’t announced the execution date and convicts’ identities, however,” said the magazine.

According to the magazine, Chief Security Minister Luhut Pandjaitan, told journalists recently that the executions could take place any time.

The first round of executions were done in 2015

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