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Indonesia executes two Nigerian drug smugglers CILACAP - The shots that rang out across an isolated Indonesian island today were a chilling warning for three Australians on death row. Police marched two Nigerian men into Nirbaya forest on an island off Central Java, handcuffed them to two poles and opened fire. Their crime was to smuggle heroin into a country with some of the toughest drug laws in the world.

Their executions last night - at the end of an international anti-narcotics day - was intended to send a powerful message as Indonesia battles the scourge of drug abuse. And hours before the men were put before a firing squad, senior officials vowed to speed up the executions of other death row drug smugglers. "To give them a lesson, drug traffickers must be executed immediately," police chief and National Anti-Narcotic Body chairman General Sutanto said.

The two Nigerians were the first drug offenders put to death in Indonesia since 2004, and the first since the Bali Nine were arrested. Hansen Anthony Nwaolisa, 40, was sentenced to die for trafficking 600g heroin in 43 capsules which he had swallowed in Pakistan before arriving in Jakarta airport in January 2001. Samuel Iwuchukwu Okoye, 37, was caught carrying 3.8kg of heroin in the lining of two pieces of luggage at Jakarta airport, after arriving from India, also in January 2001.



Posted in Drugs @ 27 June 2008 03:24 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





oyibo
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If they were European citizens half the world was on it's back legs.
But since they are Nigerian there is hardly a protest.

One can have serious objections against the death sentence.
More when one has a closer look and finds most of these unfortunate people have been forced into smuggling.

On the other hand, a governement can't send a clearer message.
And maybe a closer look from the governement towards the Nigerian Embassy couldn't hurt either. Emoticon: Party!







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The death penalty is always barbaric im my opinion, no matter it is executed in Indonesia or the US.

Indonesia has much bigger problems than drugs. Another reflex of the Indon gouvernment to direct attention away from the real problems like poverty, extremism, corruption and the environment.



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there were riots in that prison because of this execution actually, those two guys had the right to a second appeal but they went ahead and murdered them anyways, angering a whole lot of prisoners there. meanwhile big corruptors that steal millions of dollars are let off with a slap on the wrist.... go figure.....



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makes me wonder about the bali 3 by the way, our smiling bombers, you can bet that's not going to happen soon with elections coming up next year...



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On 28-06-2008 04:51 oyibo wrote:
If they were European citizens half the world was on its back legs.
But since they are Nigerian there is hardly a protest.


Nigerians or other people , not a western ?
Who cares ????

Wondering if they executed dutchies. Emoticon: Yes!



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