Indonesia Mass Killings: Eight Drug Offenders Are Dead

Update: Thumbing its nose at the world, Indonesia executed eight drug offenders tonight, including two models of rehabilitation, Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan.

Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso was spared, but only temporarily, after the woman who recruited her to act as a drug courier gave herself up to police in the Philippines. Her government said she was the victim of human trafficking and today said she is needed as a witness against her recruiter. Indonesia says her execution has been temporarily delayed so she can testify against the trafficker. [More...]

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The ambulances with the coffins arrived. So did the firing squad. At midnight, nine non-violent convicted drug offenders were led from their cells at Batu prison on Nusakambangan island, Indonesia's island of death. They are now being driven into the heart of the the jungle and taken up a 3km steep winding track to a killing field called Tunggal Panaluan.

Once they arrive, they will be given three minutes to collect themselves. A cloth will be placed over their hearts. Their hands and feet will be tied. They will be placed against a wooden pole or chair (if they choose to sit) and blindfolded upon request. 12 police officers from BRIMOB will take aim. 9 have blanks, 3 have live rounds. They will shoot. If the shots don't kill them (and leave them writhing in pain), in accordance with Indonesian law, an officer will approach to shoot them behind the ear.

How they spent the last night: Australian Myuran Sukumaran painted four final paintings.

The second to last was a self portrait with a hole in his heart.

The last painting was the heart, dangling from its arteries and entitled "Satu hati satu rasa didalam cinta - (one heart, one feeling in love)".

The other inmates facing execution signed the back.

These are the 9 non-violent drug offenders who are being killed as I write this. Their stories are here.

Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, a poor Filipina woman and mother of two was convicted of trafficking 2.6 kilos of heroin. Her government made three appeals to Indonesia to save her and says she was a victim of human trafficking by a drug syndicate. Her mother and sons visited this morning.

Martin Anderson, originally believed to be Ghanian, is most likely Nigerian, but no one is positive. His offense involved 50 grams of heroin. He has had no consular representation and no visitors in 11 years.

Zainal Albidin, the lone Indonesian in the group, was convicted of trafficking 58.7 kilograms of pot. He was sentenced to life, and the court later changed it to death.

Rodrigo Gularte (Brazil) was convicted of smuggling six kilograms of cocaine into Jakarta. He has suffered from paranoid schizophrenia since he was a teenager. His lawyer said he was unable to discuss his case with counsel.

Frenchman Serge Atlaoui will not be executed tonight, only because of a court issue. He will be executed by himself, before the next group (yes, there are more executions of drug traffickers after this group. Not counting Veloso, there are 49 more.)

Crowds have gathered as close as the police will permit. They are singing Hallelujah.

Who is responsible for the carnage Indonesia will cause tonight? One man. Indonesia President Joko Widodo who has stubbornly refused to reconsider his refusal to grant clemency, despite pleas from Government and religious leaders and ordinary citizens all over the world.

We have rights too, including the right never to step foot in Indonesia or on Bali or to buy anything that says "Made in Indonesia."

There are beautiful beaches all over the world. Please do not give Bali or Indonesia your tourist dollars. Visit the Seychelles, Mauritius, Fiji or the Maldives instead, where the government does not kill non-violent drug offenders.

R.I.P. Myuran Sukumaran, Andrew Chan, Martin Anderson, Silvester Obikwe, Rodrigo Gularte, Raheem Agbaje Salami, Okwudili Oyatanze, and Zainal Abidin.

Boycott Bali. Boycott Indonesia.

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    So Was Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso... (none / 0) (#1)
    by ScottW714 on Tue Apr 28, 2015 at 03:34:30 PM EST
    ...executed, you indicated she would be sparred, but then you mentioned her family visited earlier, which indicated she might have been executed.

    Either way, it hard for me to understand that a person who was a victim of human trafficking by a drug syndicate, would be executed.  Hasn't she suffered enough, do they really need to kill her.  But I guess the alternative, LIP in Indonesia is no picnic either.

    From your link, it sounds like she was ready to talk and give up the people above her.  But I guess bigger fish isn't the goal, just punishing the fish they catch.

    There was another person, Martin Anderson, who is being executed over 50 grams of heroin.  I don't know much about heroin, but I know 50 grams, and that isn't even 2 ounces, and they are taking his life for it.

    What boggles my mind is why anyone would smuggle drugs there.  I think the other day you mentioned that all but one were foreigners.  Dang, of all the countries to smuggle drugs into...

    It should also be a warning to other countries in that even at risk of death, people are still going to smuggle, and users are still going to use. There is literally no punishment, even death, that will stop the flow of drugs, so they should stop ruining lives with laws that will fail.

    HERE is more detail about each arrest, none of the cases are straight up smuggling, and whether they are true or not, most seem to have been duped into it by others taking advantage of people in financial distress.

    Serge Atlaoui (temporary reprieve)

    Atlaioui, from France, was due to be executed this week, but his sentence has been delayed pending a legal challenge. He was arrested for working in a factory used to produce ecstasy. He claims he was working as a welder and was unaware of the illegal activity.

    And yet (none / 0) (#2)
    by Chuck0 on Tue Apr 28, 2015 at 04:07:28 PM EST
    Indonesia had the nerve to protest the execution of two Indonesian maids in Saudi Arabia (for murder no less). Now there's some chutzpah.

    Let's not let (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by CST on Wed Apr 29, 2015 at 11:07:39 AM EST
    Saudi Arabia off the hook just because Indonesia s*cks too.

    Also, there is plenty of reason for Indonesia (or anyone else) to be skeptical of the fairness of the Saudi judicial system towards foreign service workers.


    Sukumaran's (none / 0) (#3)
    by Mr Natural on Tue Apr 28, 2015 at 05:33:37 PM EST
    I'm far from impressed . (none / 0) (#5)
    by richardfg7 on Wed Apr 29, 2015 at 10:36:43 PM EST
    Killing those people does not make me think they are tough on drugs. It makes me think they are a third world nation unable to come up with civilized solutions to their problems. One that looks for a quick fix through violent actions.