Jakarta, April 30, 2015 (Antara)- Despite pressures and appeals from various quarters at home as well as overseas, Indonesia went ahead and executed eight drug convicts on death row on April 29, 2015.
Of the 10 convicts who were on the initial execution list, the authorities executed eight prisoners: Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan from Australia; Martin Anderson from Ghana; Zainal Abidin from Indonesia; Rodrigo Gularte from Brazil; and Raheem Agbajeand, Sylvester Obiekwe Nwolise, and Okwudili Oyatanze from Nigeria.
Indonesia decided to hold the execution of Mary Jane (MJ) Fiesta Veloso, a Filipina migrant worker, following a request from the president of the Philippines.
"The execution of MJ has been put on hold in view of a request from the president of the Philippines," spokesman for the Attorney General's Office (AGO) Tony Tribagus Spontana stated after the executions.
A Filipina has surrendered in her country and has claimed responsibility for trapping MJ in a human trafficking racket. "MJ will be required to give more information," Spontana noted.