Nigerian, five others to be executed for drugs in Indonesia

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Hansen Antonious Nwaolisa, a Nigerian drug trafficker executed in Indonesia in 2008. Photo credit: daily telegraph on via news.com.au

Hansen Antonious Nwaolisa, a Nigerian drug trafficker executed in Indonesia in 2008. Photo credit: daily telegraph on  via news.com.au
Hansen Antonious Nwaolisa, a Nigerian drug trafficker executed in Indonesia in 2008. Photo credit: daily telegraph on via news.com.au

A convicted Nigerian drug trafficker is among six drug offenders to be executed in Indonesia on Sunday. The Nigerian,38 year-old Daniel Enemuo, alias Diarrssouba was convicted in 2004.

Indonesian authorities announced the execution today. It will be the first execution under new President Joko Widodo.

The planned executions were announced by the Indonesian Attorney General’s Office.

Widodo, who took office in late October, signed off on the executions last month. He pledged no clemency for drug offenders, despite pleas from the European Union, the Brazilian government and Amnesty International.

The five foreigners due to be executed are from Nigeria, Malawi, Vietnam, the Netherlands and Brazil.

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“Indonesia’s new government took office on the back of promises to improve respect for human rights, but carrying out these executions would be a regressive move,” said Rupert Abbott, a Southeast Asia research director for Amnesty International.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the planned executions were “deeply regrettable” and urged Indonesia to establish a moratorium on the death penalty.

Indonesia resumed executions in 2013 after a five-year gap.

Widodo has taken a strong stance on the rule of law, not only on drugs but also on corruption and maritime law.

In his first few months in office, he has ordered illegal fishing vessels to be blown up by the navy and supported the unprecedented move of dismissing the entire board of energy giant Pertamina