There are currently 131 people on death row in the country.
Inmates on death row are abusing
appeals and requests for clemency to avoid their sentences, according to the
Presidential Advisory Council for inter-religious affairs.
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has argued
against the death penalty on concerns that it goes against the international
trend for the abolition of capital punishment and because it puts the country’s
own citizens at risk overseas.
In March, Adami
Wilson, 48, a drug trafficker from Malawi, was executed by firing squad
in Indonesia’s first execution of a convicted felon since 2008.
That same month, a Saudi court
sentenced an Indonesian housemaid to death after she was convicted of murdering
her employers’ four-year-old child, the Saudi Gazette reported.
In April last year, local media
reported that 25 Indonesian maids were on death row in Saudi Arabia, while 22
others had been pardoned and sent home.
In June 2011, Indonesian maid Ruyati
binti Sapubi, 54, was beheaded after she was convicted of killing her Saudi
employer, prompting Indonesia to recall its ambassador from the kingdom.
While Indonesian courts continue to
hand down death sentences, the government has been mulling commuting such
sentences as part of a wider rejection of capital punishment. Prior to the
resumption of executions this year, three Islamic militants involved in the
2002 Bali bombings were the last convicts to be executed in Indonesia, in
The latest executions came two weeks
ago, when three convicted murderers at Nusakambangan Penitentiary in Central
Java were executed by firing squad.
Amnesty International also said that
the government’s move to resume executions of its death row inmates was
contradictory to previous statements and actions taken by government officials.
The death penalty in Indonesia has
come under particular scrutiny because of the number of foreign nationals
currently on death row, mostly for drug offenses.
In January, a court in Bali sentenced
Lindsay Sandiford, 56, from Britain, to death for attempting to smuggle cocaine
into the country. She had an initial appeal rejected shortly after, but is
still trying to get her sentence commuted.
Two members of an Australian drug
smuggling gang known as the Bali Nine who were arrested in 2005 are on death
row, while seven others face lengthy jail terms. The pair, Myuran Sukumaran and
Andrew Chan, are awaiting a response to their pleas for clemency to the
There are currently 131 people on
death row in the country. Jakarta Globe