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AGO Still Waiting to Execute Death Penalty Inmates
Attorney General H. M. Prasetyo, during meeting Commission III House of Representative in Jakarta, Feb. 1, 2017. TEMPO/Dhemas Reviyanto
Thursday, 11 October, 2018 | 00:54 WIB
AGO Still Waiting to Execute Death Penalty Inmates

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Attorney General`s Office is still waiting for the right time to execute 91 death penalty inmates on drug cases.

"Later," said Attorney General M. Prasetyo when he was asked about the time of death row inmates' execution at his office in South Jakarta, Wednesday, October 10.

Prasetyo once stated that the death row inmates were buying time for the execution by using their legal rights because the law provided opportunities. “They all tried to buy time," Prasetyo said, September 28. 

The Constitutional Court also provides an opportunity for the death row inmates to test the verdict through a judicial review (PK) more than once.

Read: Govt Comments on 20 Indonesian Death Row Inmates in Saudi Arabia

 

In addition, the absence of a deadline for filing clemency also becomes an obstacle for the execution. "This is our problem," he said.

In coincidence with the World's Anti-Death Penalty Day on Wednesday, Oct. 10, the coalition of death penalty elimination (HATI Coalition) urged the Indonesian government to abolish and review the law on the death penalty.

HATI Coalition also explained that the death penalty applied in Indonesia shows injustice since the law often targets vulnerable groups with high poverty rates.

The death penalty inmates often experience difficulties in obtaining access to justice, information, participation, equality and they often experience discrimination.

The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS) noted that throughout 2018, Indonesian courts had sentenced to death 43 defendants in 19 cases. Seven cases include murder cases and 12 others were narcotics cases. 

ANDITA RAHMA



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