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Indian national executed for drug smuggling JAKARTA - An Indian national was executed by firing squad early on Thursday for smuggling heroin into Indonesia, despite opposition from international human rights groups, officials said. "We confirmed that the execution of (Chaubey) has been carried out," said on official at North Sumatra's prosecutor's office. The execution of Ayodhya Prasad Chaubey, 65, took place at about 2:30 a.m. at a secret location in North Sumatra province, 1,575 kilometres northwest of Jakarta.
The execution, carried out by a 12-member firing squad, was attended by senior officials from the prosecutors office in Medan, the provincial capital of North Sumatra, and the city's police chief. Chaubey's execution was carried out after President Megawati Soekarnoputri and the country's Supreme Court turned down his appeal for clemency.
Chaubey, who also has an address in Bangkok, Thailand, along with two Thai nationals - who are also on death row - were arrested in Medan in 1994 after airport officials confiscated 12.19 kilograms of heroin coming into the country. The three were sentenced to death in 1996.
The London-based human rights watchdog Amnesty International, which opposes the death penalty in all cases, recently urged that Chaubey and two Thai citizens be given retrials on the grounds that their trials "may have fallen short of international standards".
But Indonesian prosecutors denied the watchdog's claim, saying the judicial proceedings had been fair. Chaubey, from Gorakhpur Utar Pradesh district, India, is one of nearly 70 people on death row in Indonesia, many of them nationals from African and Asian countries sentenced over drug offenses.
The Indian government recently objected to the execution of its national for drug trafficking, saying the death row convict is too old to face a firing squad. Chaubey's execution was the first death-row drug-smuggling convict to be executed in Indonesia in more than a decade after Malaysian Chan Ting Tong, alias Steven Chong, was shot by a firing squad in early 1990s.



Posted in Drugs @ 05 August 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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