OPINION: Bhatara Ibnu Reza, New Mandala, 15 August 2016.
In late July, Indonesia executed four prisoners on Nusa Kambangan Island. Minutes before ten others were set to face the firing squad the Attorney General suddenly canceled their executions.
All 14, the majority foreigners, were convicted of drugs crimes, which according to Indonesian criminal law are serious enough to warrant the death penalty.
Ever since President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo assumed office in 2014, he has clearly stated that he rejects any clemency for drug criminals and that he approves of capital punishment without the slightest hesitation.