Indonesia To Execute 16 People Next Month After Eid Holidays

And they plan to kill even more next year.

15/06/2016 19:24

Indonesia is set to execute 16 prisoners next month after the Eid holidays, it has been announced.

It then plans to kill more than double that number next year, a spokesman for the attorney general's office said.

According to Reuters, he said: “In accordance with the budget we have, we plan (to execute) 16 this year and 30 next year.”

He added: "President Joko Widodo has said the country is facing a narcotics emergency and this is our future generations.”

There are fears Lindsay Sandiford could be among those executed

He did not give details on who would be executed next month but there are fears British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford could be among those facing the firing squad.

Indonesia has extremely harsh penalties for drug-related crimes and executed 14 people last year for crimes including drug trafficking.

Lindsay Sandiford was sentenced to death in Bali in January 2013 after being found guilty of attempting to smuggle £1.6 million worth of cocaine into the holiday island on May 19, 2012. The Gloucestershire grandmother admitted drug trafficking but has maintained she was coerced over threats to her son’s life.

In November last year Luhut Panjaitan, co-ordinating minister for political legal and security affairs, said that a moratorium on executions had been put into place due to economic reasons.

The moratorium came after the executions in April 2015 of ‘Bali Nine’ ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, along with six others, and an earlier round of killings that year. 

Sandiford has made numerous unsuccessful appeals and has complained that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has not helped her legal battle. The office disputes this, saying Sandiford turned down their offer of support. 

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