Over 300 police personnel deployed to oversee executions

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - More than 300 police personnel have been deployed to oversee the imminent executions of drug convicts on the notorious Nusakambangan prison island in Cilacap, Central Java.

"More than 300 personnel have been deployed by the Central Java Police to oversee the executions," National Police Spokesman Senior Commissioner Martinus Sitompul remarked at the National Police Headquarters here on Thursday.

According to Sitompul, hundreds of police personnel, as part of the 2016 Nusa Candi Operation, have been split into an escort team, security team, and firing squad.

Ahead of the executions of the drug convicts, security arrangements have been beefed up at the Wijayapura dock area in Cilacap.

The officers of the Cilacap District Police were present at the dock area on Wednesday and had placed a barricade made of bamboo at the end of the road leading to the special crossing to the Nusakambangan prison.

Hence, only vehicles of officials, guests, and broadcasting teams from numerous national TV stations are allowed access to the parking area in front of the Wijayapura Port.

The Indonesian Police headquarters has readied a team of shooters to carry out the third round of executions of drug convicts on death row soon.

"The team of shooters stands completely prepared to act as the executioners," National Police Head of the Public Relations Division Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar remarked in Jakarta on Monday.

Amar could not as yet reveal details on the number of shooters that have been prepared for the task.

Besides the shooters, the Police have also tied up with physicians and escort teams to help the Attorney Generals Office carry out the executions.

However, Attorney General HM Prasetyo has not as yet confirmed the date of the third round of executions.

"It is not as easy as you think since human lives are involved. Preparations have to be made well," he stressed.(*)