Indonesia Announces Plans for First Executions in 4 Years
Rangga Prakoso & Antonia Timmerman
[Updated on Dec. 27, 2012]
The Attorney General’s Office plans to execute 10 convicted felons in 2013 in Indonesia’s first wave of executions in four years.
Indonesian courts sentenced 113 people to death in 2012, but there has been no execution since 2008. In recent years, the public, as well as prominent politicians like President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, have expressed an aversion to the death penalty.
But in this year alone, 60 murderers, 51 drug convicts and two convicted terrorists were sentenced to death.
The AGO planned to execute an inmate in 2012, but was hampered by delays, Deputy Attorney General for General Crimes Mahfud Mannan said at a press conference in Jakarta on Wednesday.
“I scheduled to execute a convict this year, but it has been delayed as we’re still coordinating with the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights about the place [for the execution],” Mahfud said. “We’re targeting to execute 10 people next year.”
The AGO declined to list the 10 convicts scheduled for execution next year or what crimes they had committed.
Yudhoyono recently spoke out against the death penalty, saying that Indonesia was moving against a global push to end capital punishment.
“We must not wrongly punish people,” Yudhoyono said after commuting a death sentence for a convicted drug trafficker to life in prison in October.
The move later garnered criticism after the convict, Meirika Franola, was caught allegedly running a drug ring behind bars. Yudhoyono said later that he would review the sentence.
The AGO’s plan also drew strong opposition from the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras). Kontras coordinator Haris Azhar said capital punishment needs to be eradicated.
“Restorative principles are far more favorable and more efficient in this modern era, rather than capital punishment,” says Haris, referring to a system that allows a convict to become a better citizen.