Posted by News Express | 26 April 2015 | 3,732 times
Indonesian authorities have notified 10 death row inmates on a remote penal island that they could be executed as early as Tuesday.
Among the inmates, convicted for drug smuggling, are three Nigerians, namely, Raheem Agbajee Salami, Okwudili Oyatanze and Sylvester Obiekwe Nwolise.
Salami was reportedly travelling on a Spanish passport when he was caught.
Reports from Indonesia said two of their co-convicts, Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, were informed Saturday that they may face a firing squad in a minimum of 72 hours on Nusa Kambangan Island.
Though only the two Australians are on record as having been informed about the likely execution date, the group is expected to be executed at about the same time following the failure of interventions by their home countries.
A fourth African, Martin Anderson from Ghana, is also among the convicts. The rest are from Indonesia, Brazil and France.
However, the French national has reportedly been granted a temporary reprieve from execution.
Fairfax Media quoted Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir as saying that Serge Atlaoui had an ongoing legal case before the Administrative Court, and that the French Embassy had not been among those summoned to meetings with the Attorney General’s Office.
Delegations from several embassies visited the office’s complex in Cilacap, near Nusa Kambangan in Java, the Detik.com news website reported, along with the inmates’ lawyers and state prosecutors.
Attorney General spokesman Tony Spontana had earlier confirmed that Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry had invited the officials in preparation for the executions.
Spontana said Thursday that the date of execution for the nationals from seven different countries would be set Monday once a final appeal by an Indonesian drug trafficker is known.
“If Zainal’s appeal is rejected, it will complete the [appeals of] the inmates,” he explained, according to Indonesian website detik.com.
Indonesia, which gives prisoners at least three days notice before execution, has said it will wait until all appeals have been exhausted before the ten face the firing squad.
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