Executions of 10 death row inmates postponed: Attorney general

"The postponement is to conduct further study. I accept the decision on the postponement, and it is necessary. It will be decided later," Prasetyo stated.
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Attorney General HM Prasetyo has confirmed that discussions would be held to decide the fate of 10 death row inmates, who escaped the third wave of executions, hence their executions had been deferred.

"The postponement is to conduct further study. I accept the decision on the postponement, and it is necessary. It will be decided later," Prasetyo stated here, Friday.

The decision to postpone the executions was reached after receiving inputs and conducting a comprehensive evaluation.

The four death row inmates were executed, as their crimes were grave and after the authorities had taken into account the juridical and non-juridical aspects.

The four executed men had played key roles in drug syndicates as drug suppliers, traffickers, producers, and exporters.

Due to their acts, Indonesia was no longer a transit country but had become a base for conducting their illicit drug businesses.

Their crimes had spread to regions and not only in big cities, and their victims were students, lecturers, and household members.

Executing the perpetrators of drug crimes is deemed necessary to save the countrys younger generation.

The attorney general, however, expressed his deep condolences to the families and the government of the executed drug traffickers.

"The Attorney Generals office only implemented the verdicts of the courts and followed the laws," he affirmed.

The four men facing firing squads on Nusakambang Island, Central Java, early Friday, were 39-year-old Indonesian drug kingpin Freddy Budiman, 42-year-old Seck Osmane, 41-year-old Nigerian national holding a Senegalese passport Hemprey Ejite alias Doctor, and 32-year-old Nigerian Michael Titus.

Their judicial review request had been declined by the Indonesian Supreme Court.

Budiman had been given a death sentence by the West Jakarta District Court for importing 1,412,476 pills of ecstasy in May 2012.

Budiman had even continued to run a drug smuggling and trafficking racket from prison with the assistance of his men.

Following the execution of Budiman, Ejike was second on the list. Ejike was arrested in Depok, West Java, in 2003 for possession of 1.7 kilograms (kg) of heroin.

Similar to Budiman, the Nigerian had also managed to run a drug trafficking business from prison.

Titus had been sentenced to death in 2003 for trafficking 5.8 kg of heroin, and Osmane had been convicted on July 21, 2004, for possession of 2.4 kg of heroin in South Jakarta.(*)

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