Friday, January 16, 2015

Nigerian drug courier Daniel Enemuo to be executed today as Indonesia gets tough

  Nigerian drug courier Daniel Enemuo popularly known as Diarrssouba is to be executed in Indonesia today under the country's Draconian anti-narcotics laws that prescribe the death penalty for convicted felons.
   Mr Enemuo, 38, who was originally convicted in 2004, is one of six drug offenders who will face death today, in what will be the first executions under new President Joko Widodo.Already the he planned executions have been confirmed by the Indonesian Attorney General’s Office. President Widodo, who took office in late October, signed off on the executions last month, declining pleas for clemency despite appeals from the European Union (EU), the Brazilian government and Amnesty International. 

   Apart from Mr Enemuo, the other five convicts are all also foreigners from Malawi, Vietnam, the Netherlands and Brazil. Rupert Abbott, Amnesty International's Southeast Asia research director, said: “Indonesia’s new government took office on the back of promises to improve respect for human rights but carrying out these executions would be a regressive move.” EU foreign policy Chief Federica Mogherini, said the planned executions were deeply regrettable and urged Indonesia to establish a moratorium on the death penalty. Indonesia resumed executions of drug pushers in 2013 after a five-year gap. President Widodo has taken a strong stance on the discipline and punishment, not only on drugs but also on corruption and maritime law. In his first few months in office, he has ordered illegal fishing vessels to be blown up by the navy and supported the unprecedented move of dismissing the entire board of energy giant Pertamina.

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