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Indonesia set to resume executions

 

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Indonesia is preparing for a new round of executions, police said on Wednesday, around a year after Jakarta sparked global outrage by putting seven foreign drug convicts to death by firing squad.
Officials recently started getting ready after an order from the attorney-general’s office, which oversees executions, said Central Java police spokesman Aloysius Lilik Darmanto.
He said no date had been set for the executions, which will take place on the prison island of Nusakambangan in Central Java, and he did not know who would face the firing squad.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has repeatedly insisted that drug traffickers must face the firing squad to stem rising narcotics use.
There are scores of drug convicts on death row in the country, including Indonesians and foreigners.
“We have been making preparations,” Darmanto said. “We are ready whenever the order comes.”

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