Indonesia defends executions as part of ‘war’ on drugs
By AFP | 29 Apr, 2015
“Indonesia’s attorney general today defended the execution of seven foreign drug convicts, saying that the country was facing a “war” against drugs. “We are fighting a war against horrible drug crimes that threaten our nation’s survival,” Muhammad Prasetyo told reporters in Cilacap, the gateway to the high-security prison island of Nusakambangan where the executions took place.
The seven convicts — two from Australia, one from Brazil and four from Africa — were put to death by firing squad early Wednesday, along with one Indonesian, despite strident international appeals and pleas from family members. A Filipina originally set to be executed was given an 11th hour reprieve.
“I would like to say that an execution is not a pleasant thing. It is not a fun job,” Prasetyo went on.
[Yes, Executions are horrible!]