Indonesian firing squad executes 8 drug convicts, ignoring global outcry




Indonesia executed eight prisoners — including two Australians and five other foreigners — early Wednesday morning, reports said, despite international pleas to spare the lives of the drug convicts.

The two Australians, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, both in their early 30s, were leaders of a drug smuggling ring known as the Bali Nine. The other members of that ring are serving long prison sentences.

The other inmates executed Wednesday included four Nigerians, one Brazilian and one Indonesian, the only local citizen put to death. A Filipino woman, Mary Jane Veloso, was also scheduled to die, but avoided execution at the last minute because another person who had recruited her to be a drug mule surrendered to police Tuesday, according to the Jakarta Post. Read more…

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