JAKARTA, Indonesia — Defying international condemnation and rejecting 11th-hour pleas for clemency, the Indonesian government moved ahead with plans to execute nine death row drug convicts early Wednesday, including eight foreigners, in what is believed to be the largest mass execution in the country in decades.
Ambulances carrying nine coffins arrived on Tuesday on the prison island of Nusa Kambangan off the southern coast of Java. Relatives and friends of the condemned visited them there for a final time on Tuesday.
“We are confirmed for the nine people to go to execution,” said Tony Spontana, a spokesman for the Indonesian attorney general’s office.
The prisoners from Australia, the Philippines, Brazil and Nigeria, along with one Indonesian, are to face separate police firing squads at an execution site outside the gates of Pasir Putih prison on the island.
The family of Mary Jane Veloso, who is among a group of prisoners facing execution, on its way to visit her on Saturday.Despite Protests, Indonesia Moves Forward to Execute Drug ConvictsAPRIL 25, 2015
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It will be the second mass execution in Indonesia this year. In January, five foreign drug convicts and one Indonesian convicted of murder were executed on the island.