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Executions are the new hype in Indonesia YOGYAKARTA - Two members from one family, mother Sumiarsih (59) and son Sugeng (43), were executed earlier this month after they had been on death row for an astonishing twenty years. They were sentenced to death in the 1980's over a murder on five members of their own family out of vengeance. After twenty years in prison, they names - and their story - reappeared in the news once again. The end of their story was clear for almost twenty years already, but it just did never materialize. Probably someone did not like cleaning his office, so these two death row candidates were only executed by firing squad earlier this month.

After begin found guilty of the murder on 42 women and children, fake shaman Ahmad Suradji was sentenced to death in 1997. It took eleven more years before he was finally executed by a selected group of trigger-happy people who were allowed to kill this killer with permission from the government. His execution is surrounded by some sinister facts and rumors. He was brought to a remote rubber plantation in the area of Deli Serdang in the middle of the night where he was killed in between the rubber trees with some real bullets.

But what do you call sinister, this man acted like a shaman ever since his deceased father 'told' him what to do and killed 42 women and girls after this. He still had 28 to go, but ten years after the start of the series of murders he was finally stopped by the police, put on trial and sentenced to death. He was still able to enjoy his life for another ten years; of course as a prisoner on death row in a prison somewhere on the island of Sumatra. That must be a good ten years knowing that your execution can happen any time soon, however they were not really fast with these kind of things in Indonesia anyway.

Furthermore there is the story of the two pathetic Nigerian men who were executed in June this year - they were the first in this string of executions - for smuggling drugs. They were the first foreigners in years that saw their death penalties materialized since two Indian nationals were killed by the firing squad in 2004. Indonesia wants to make a clear signal that the death penalty is still actively used in the country for heavy crimes including murder and smuggling of drugs. It doesn't really matter what other countries think of it, Indonesia has executed six people this year alone, some of them were indeed waiting a very long time. Unfortunately for Nigeria there are still some 20 Nigerian nationals in Indonesian prisons waiting for their death penalties to be executed.

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In Iran, a country with the Islamic Shariah-law, 'thieves' hare hung in public.

Indonesia earlier gave the green light for an unofficial campaign in which it stresses the heavy penalties for some criminal facts. It is also a clear signal to other nations that Indonesia will not be told what to do with people that have received a death sentence. A luck for Indonesia is that some of its neighbors don't think too different about the death penalty then Indonesia; Singapore has executed over 400 in drugs-related cases for example. Australia can't say too much because there are still nine Australian nationals in prison in Bali because of smuggling of drugs.

Executing Western prisoners however doesn't seem to be happening very soon, however there are indeed a number of Western foreigners waiting for their punishment. The most recent are three out of the so-called 'Bali Nine' which were sentenced to death for smuggling of drugs. They still have a long way to go however before all legal options have run out. Only after all those options the way can be made clear for their executions. But if they eventually have arrived there, it can all go very fast.

However the government has informed that the want to clean out some mess at several points, it isn't really experienced by the people in the street, not as good as could possibly be. A big contributing factor is that the prisoners are informed three days before their execution and everything else is kept secret. Executions are often performed in the middle of the night, at a location that is kept a secret. This makes it impossible for the average sensation-eager person to make some nice images for the national networks here, or even report it live, which is an important thing in the Indonesian experience.

That is one good way of promotion the Indonesian government doesn't use properly. Warning people is not to execute them one by one at a remote plantation in the middle of the night of course. That more looks like cleaning out your prisons because it's time to replace the old ones with fresh ones. If they really want to teach the average Indonesian not to use drugs and not to kill others, they should do it the Iranian style. However stoning or hanging convicts isn't done in Indonesia, a firing squad could be deployed on any random alun-alun (central square) in a city.

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Archive picture: Amrozi, also known as the 'smiling terrorist' will soon smile for the last time to the firing squad.

Tens of thousands would flock to the scene to see how the first person sentenced to death is about to be executed by a set of bullets. Groups of people that are pushing and pulling to get as close as possible to those who will fire those shots at the end to give them a hand before they go. No problem as well to look for the three witnesses that are needed for each execution; the square is filled with witnesses. What would it be a good start to say goodbye to the biggest terrorists that are on death row at this moment. Just bring the three Bali Bombers, Amrozi, Imam Samudra and Ali Gufron to the square for their last trip outside. With a smile on the face of Amrozi, he is executed amid a crowd of national but not to be forgotten international press, guests of honor and the masses around it. That should be one hell of a blockbuster.

Unfortunately this kind of scenario is highly unlikely in the modern state Indonesian claims to be and maybe that is just good as well. Public hanging are for history books from periods that people in Europe mostly know as the 'Dark Ages'. That there are still countries where such atrocities happen - like stated above in Iran - does not mean that Indonesia should step back in time a few centuries as well, just to satisfy the people. Going back in time that much would also mean there is no television yet, which makes the entire idea a failure as well.

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70 citizens await execution in Indonesia & Saudi Arabia

Tags: criminal, public, hanging, executions, iran, indonesia, hung

Posted in Crime @ 25 July 2008 by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink

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Cool ! They used real bullets for this execution Emoticon: Clown
One can only wonder how an execution proceeds where a gun is used but no bullets fired? Must have been a grim site Emoticon: Frustrated

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the 'real bullets' supposed to be a 'joke' since it happened in a rubber plantation, so no rubber bullets Emoticon: Smile Emoticon: Emoticon: So funny

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(Moderated) Posted @ 26 July 2008 14:39

Well, wouldn't be really surprised if they would have executed with guns without real bullets. They are capable of many things here in Indonesia Emoticon: Clown

But reading the article I've found 20 Nigerians on deathrow.
Nigeria should be proud contributing on this scale !
Maybe they can execute foreigners first.
Then it's getting more international attention.

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