- The Indonesian government has executed 4 drug convicts on Friday, July 29
- These include death row inmates from Nigeria, Senegal and a local drug offender
- Filipina drug mule Mary Jane Veloso was not included in the list as earlier confirmed by an Indonesian official
The Indonesian government refused to heed the appeal of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) and proceeded with the execution of four convicted drug offenders on Friday, July 29.
Executed by firing squad early Friday morning were two Nigerians, one Senegalese and one Indonesian, a CNN report said.
One of the Nigerians in the death row was identified as Humphrey Jefferson Ejike. His lawyers said the man was “unjustly killed” by the Indonesian government.
Earlier, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein of the UNCHR appealed to the Indonesian authorities to stop the executions based on the claims that the accused did not receive a fair trial.
“The increasing use of the death penalty in Indonesia is terribly worrying and I urge the government to immediately end this practice which is unjust and incompatible with human rights,” Al-Hussein said in a statement.
“The death penalty is not an effective deterrent relative to other forms of punishment nor does it protect people from drug abuse,” he added.
Ten more individuals are scheduled for execution in the coming weeks. All of them have been put in isolation in a prison-island before they will face the firing squad.
The group is composed of different nationalities including those from Nigeria, Pakistan, India and Zimbabwe.
However, convicted Filipina drug mule Mary Jane Velasco was temporarily given reprieve; her third time since she was spared from death last April 2015.
An Indonesian official confirmed Veloso was not included in the latest execution list because the legal process in the Philippines has not been concluded yet.