Indonesia to execute 30 death-row convicts in 2017

The Indonesian government plans to execute 30 death-row convicts in 2017, a deputy attorney general reportedly said Monday.

"The number of convicts to be executed is expected to be 30" next year, Deputy Attorney General Bambang Waluyo told lawmakers during a parliamentary hearing, Tribun News reported.

This year, his office is preparing to execute 18 convicts after the Eid al-Fitr Muslim holiday that ends of the holy month of Ramadan, expected to fall on July 6, Bambang reportedly said.

A spokesman for the attorney general's office could not be reached by phone. 

At least 121 people are currently on death row in Indonesia, including 35 foreigners, mostly convicted of drug-related crimes, according to the Justice Ministry. 

They include Mary Jane Veloso from the Philippines, Lindsay Sandiford from Britain and Frenchman Serge Atlaoui.

Last year Indonesia executed 14 convicts, all but two of them foreigners, in a move that drew international condemnation.

Under Indonesian law, each convict would face a squad of 10 gunmen.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who took office in 2014, has taken a tough stance against drug trafficking, saying that the country is facing a drug emergency. 

Last update: Mon, 13/06/2016 - 10:02

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