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Dead Man Walking

Indonesia Prepares to Resume Executions in November 2013

(11/11/2013) Indonesia appears poised to resume executions with the Jawa Pos reporting that at least one person under sentence of death for a narcotics violation will be brought before a firing squad this month.

This was confirmed by the Junior Prosecutor for Crime (Jampidum), Mahfud Manan, on November 11, 2013 in Jakarta. The formal statement by Manan said: “This month a convict under the sentence of death will be executed by the Prosecutors office in its role as executioner. The case is a narcotics conviction.”

Manan refused to provide more details to the press or provide the name of the prisoner to be executed; citing the need to protect the privacy of the prisoner and ensure the process goes smoothly. “Be patient. I can't tell you anything, not the identity or the location for the execution,” he added.

The coming execution will bring to a total of 5 the number shot by firing squads thus far in 2013 from a targeted total of 10 death row inmates slated for execution before the end of 2013.

If the target of 10 is to be maintained, the government will need to quickly execute 5 more prisoners in the remaining month and a half of 2013.

In May of 2013 three people were put to death on the Indonesian prison island of Nusakambangan in Cilicap, Central Java. Two months earlier, in March 2013, a Nigerian, Adamie Wilson, was executed in the Thousand Islands off the coast of Jakarta.

The number of prisoners sitting on death row in Indonesia numbers 133. Of this total 71 are convicted of drug offenses, 2 of terrorist acts and 60 of capital offenses.