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Indonesia prepares to execute 14 drug convicts

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has pledged to increase the number of executions this year and next as part of his crackdown on drugs. Photograph: (AFP)

Reuters Central Java, Indonesia Jul 28, 2016, 08.15 AM (IST)
Security at the port near Indonesia's prison island remained tight today as the country geared up for another round of executions.

A local resident living nearby said ambulances had already entered the Wijaya Pura Port, from which boats set sail for Nusa Kambangan prison island, early today morning.

"This morning around 6 am local time (2300 GMT Wednesday), 17 ambulances went in and there's an increased number of security forces in the area," said resident, Subakir.

Family members were also seen visiting the island. "How would you feel if you were the one going to be executed? He doesn't have an appetite, he is not eating and is very unhealthy," Nila, the sister-in-law to Nigerian drug convict Michael Titus Igweh, told reporters near the port.

President Joko Widodo has pledged to increase the number of executions this year and next as part of his crackdown on drugs.

Fourteen drug convicts, including nationals of Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Pakistan and India, will be executed in the next round, Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo said on Wednesday.

There was no official confirmation on when the executions would be carried out, but Prasetyo was quoted by local media as saying that all necessary preparations had been completed.

An official from the Pakistan embassy told Reuters the executions will be carried out on July 29.

(Reuters) 
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