Seck Osmanu offers apology to Indonesian people

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - A death row inmate, Seck Osmanu, has offered an apology to the people of Indonesia, stated a catholic nun Rina, who accompanied him.

"He offers an apology to the people of Indonesia and Nigeria. He wanted to live and to obtain the same legal rights," Rina said at the Saint Carolus Hospital here on Friday.

Rina added that Secks body will be flown to his country of origin on Monday (August 1).

"The family was shocked when it heard about the execution," Rina remarked.

Osmanus younger brother, Edu, was also at the Saint Carolus Hospitals funeral home in Jakarta where the body of the 42-year-old was taken.

Earlier, four death row inmates were executed at the Tunggal Panaluan shooting range in Nusakambangan island off the Central Java southern coast at 00.46 a.m. on Friday.

The four were Freddy Budiman of Indonesia, Seck Osmanu of Senegal, Humprey Eijeke and Michael Titus of Nigeria.

"Freddys body will be taken to Surabaya, while the body of Humprey will be cremated in Banyumas. The bodies of the two Nigerians will be flown to their country of origin," Junior Attorney General for General Crimes, Noor Rachmad, informed.

The decision about the execution of other death row inmates would be made public later, he noted.

"Right now, we do not know whether the remaining death row inmates have appealed for clemency. Based on the result of our study with the existing team, only four were to be executed for the time being. A lot of things have to be taken into account," he explained.

Attorney General H.M. Prasetyo had earlier claimed that 14 drug convicts on death row would face the firing squad.

The 14 death row inmates were Freddy Budiman, Merri Utami, Pujo Lestari, and Agus Hadi of Indonesia, Zulfiqar Ali of Pakistan, Gurdip Singh of India, Onkonkwo Nonso Kingsley, Obina Nwajagu, Michael Titus Igweh, Humprey Ejike Nih, Eugene Ape, and Gajetan Acena Seck Osmane of Nigeria, and Ozias Sibanda and Frederik Luttar of Zimbabwe.(*)