A Nigerian, four foreign nationals and an Indonesian woman have been executed by firing squad in Indonesia, early Sunday, for drug trafficking, the first case under the new president Joko Widodo, who has set off a diplomatic row by refusing appeals from the countries who citizens were affected.
The execution of the 6 persons carried out shortly after midnight Sunday local time, was particularly condemned by the Netherlands, Brazilian governments whose efforts to stop the execution of their citizens yielded no result.
The two other nationals executed were from Vietnam and Malawi, according to officials.
A statement signed by the press secretary on Social communications secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic said Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff Brazi “received the news with indignation and consternation,” explaining that “Brazil’s Ambassador in Jakarta is being called to Brasilia for consultation,” over the death of the 53 year old Brazilian Marco Archer.
In the statement broadcast on her official Twitter handle expressed her “condolence and comfort to the bereaved family” saying she “regretted the Saturday (17) implementation of Brazilian Marco Archer” which it said “occurred at 3:31 pm, Eastern time, on Indonesia.”
She said: “Even aware of the seriousness of the crime that led to the conviction of the Brazilian, the President even addressed, personally, a humanitarian appeal to Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, on Friday (16) by the clemency of the accused. However, the request was not accepted.
“The President Dilma Rousseff took notice – dismayed and outraged – Brazilian Marco Archer execution which took place today at 15:31 GMT in Indonesia.
“Without ignoring the gravity of the crimes that led to the conviction of Archer and respecting the sovereignty and the Indonesian legal system, the President directed personally, on Friday last, humanitarian appeal to his counterpart Joko Widodo, for it was granted clemency to the accused, as provided for in the legislation of that country.
Rousseff regretted the fact that “this final request, which followed many others made in recent years, has not found acceptance on the part of the head of State of Indonesia, both in telephone contact as in letter sent later by Widodo,” and warned the recourse to death penalty, “severely affects: the relations between Indonesia and Brazil
President Goodluck Jonathan’s office is yet to make a statement on the execution of the Nigerian.