28 Apr '15, 6pm

Indonesia executes 8 drug convicts, Filipina #MaryJaneVeloso spared at last minute

Indonesia executes 8 drug convicts, Filipina #MaryJaneVeloso spared at last minute

CILACAP, Indonesia - Indonesia early Wednesday executed eight prisoners - seven of them foreigners including two Australians - but spared the life of Filipina Mary Jane Veloso at the 11th hour, local media reported. Metro TV and the Jakarta Post reported that the convicts, who also included a Brazilian, four Africans and one Indonesian, were put to death by firing squad on the prison island of Nusakambangan near Cilacap in Central Java, MetroTV and the Jakarta Post newspaper reported. One of those executed asked to sit down before being executed, reports said; the condemned are given the choice of standing, sitting or kneeling. Indonesia carried out the death sentences in the face of intense international pressure from foreign governments. "We've carried out the executions," said an Attorney General's Office (AGO) official, talking to the press on condition of anonymity, t...

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