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2 more on death row to be executed

Post  Jennie on Fri Jul 18, 2008 1:23 pm

2 more on death row to be executed

Amid an increasingly anti-capital punishment sentiment in Indonesia, the country is set to execute 2 more death row convicts in the near future.

The executions of Sumiarsih and her son, Sugeng, who were found guilty in the 1998 assassination of a 5-member marine family, will be the 4th and 5th conducted in the past 2months.

The 1st and 2nd executions were conducted when 2 Nigerians were put to death June 26, 2008, at the Nusa Kambangan prison, on the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, while the third took place in Medan, North Sumatra, last week, when killer Ahmad Sarudji was shot dead by a Mobile Brigade police firing squad.

Human rights activists and nongovernmental organizations have frequently expressed strong opposition to the death penalty, saying it is unclear whether it deters crime any better than other forms of punishment.

They also called on the government and the Parliament to revise all laws carrying death penalty sentences.

Indonesia has 112 felons on death row, including 3 terrorists sentenced to death for their involvement in the 2002 Bali bombing.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has been perceived as a staunch supporter of the death penalty since he has yet to grant clemency to those sentenced, including to the three Poso Christian militiamen put to death in 2004.

Sumiarsih and Sugeng have been moved from their cells in a prison in Malang, East Java, to the Medaeng prison in Surabaya to await execution, which will likely be Friday since Thursday is the final day of three given to them to meet with relatives and spiritual counselors.

Sumiarsih was sentenced to death in 1989, or a year after the killing that she planned in Surabaya with family members.

To cover it up, she and Sugeng threw the bodies into a gorge in Songgoriti, Malang, several kilometers from the scene of attack, but their crime was eventually uncovered. They were tried in Malang District Court.

4 others, including Sumiarsih's husband Djais Adi Prayitno, were also involved in the killing. 3 were put to death years ago.

Sumiarsih and Sugeng have repeatedly asked for amnesty, but their requests were turned down by former presidents Soeharto, Habibie, Abdulrahman Wahid and Megawati Soekarnoputri as well as the current President.

(source: The Jakarta Post)

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