INDONESIA on early Wednesday proceeded with its firing squad for eight convicted drug smugglers in spite of international calls for clemency.
However the execution of Mary Jane Veloso, 30, a woman convict from the Philippines has been dramatically delayed by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, this as her alleged recruiter surrendered to the police.
Her lawyers, in their second petition for judicial review, said Veloso is a victim of human trafficking.
Veloso was apprehended in 2010 after Indonesian airport police found 2.6 kilos of heroin stashed in her luggage.
Indonesia earlier granted temporary reprieve to Serge Atlaoui, a drug convict from France, this also after facing a wild protest with France’s President Francois Hollande even warning Indonesia of a “diplomatic consequences” if execution will push through.
Widodo however denied the appeals of two Australian convicts Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, known as Bali nine drug smuggling ring leaders.
Australian authorities earlier asked Indonesia to delay the execution of its two nationals until the investigation on bribery and corruption charges against Indonesian judges is done.
Australian President Prime Minister Tony Abbott reportedly said they will “withdraw” their ambassador to Indonesia following the execution of Chan and Sukumaran.
Brazilian drug trafficker Rodrigo Gularte, known to be suffering from a mental illness, was not also spared.
Brazil had warned Indonesia of “repercussions” if Gularte is executed.
Other drug convicts killed were Indonesia Zainal Abidin and Nigerians Raheem Agbaji Salami, Okwudili Oyatanze, Martin Anderson and Silvester Obiekwe Nwaolise.
The firing squad took place at Nusakambangan maximum prison island in Central Java.
Widodo maintained his strong stance on death penalty following “narcotics emergency” in his country.
In January this year he had executed six convicted drug smugglers after ending a four-year moratorium on executions in 2013.