Indonesia executions likely postponed as officials leave

Indonesia executions likely postponed as officials leave
AGO spokesman Tony Spontana.

The execution of 10 convicts on Nusakambangan prison island in Cilacap, Central Java, will most likely be postponed, with the relevant officials leaving the regency.

Officials from the Attorney General's Office (AGO) and the National Police reportedly checked out of their hotels on Friday.

"That's right, they checked out on Friday. Most of them were police officers," said a receptionist of the Wijaya Kusuma Hotel, who asked for anonymity, on Saturday.

She said that as of Thursday, her hotel had been fully occupied by mostly police personnel.

Earlier, almost all hotels in Cilacap, especially those located in downtown Cilacap, had enjoyed full occupancy rates, as two high-profile convicts, Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan of the so-called Bali Nine drug trafficking gang, were escorted to Nusakambangan for execution.

A member of staff at Sindoro Hotel said the hotel had been fully booked a week before the Bali Nine duo had arrived in Nusakambangan. They were booked for a week's stay, starting from March 3.

Yet, on Saturday, the staff said, many of the hotel's rooms were already vacant.

Meanwhile, Ursa Supit, the lawyer of Nigerian death-row inmate Raheem Agbaje Salami, who has been in Cilacap for three days, confirmed the departures.

"There are no more prosecutors in Nusakambangan. They've all returned to Jakarta," Ursa said.

He said the government had to reconsider postponing the executions, as many of the death-row convicts scheduled to be executed were still undergoing the legal process.

"My client Raheem, for example, had to attend a trial at the Jakarta State Administrative Court on Monday, for the rejection of our judicial review proposal," Ursa said.

As of Saturday, security measures at the prison island's Wijaya Kusuma Dock appeared less tight than before. No police officers were seen guarding the dock and only the prison's security officers were seen checking on visitors.

On Friday, AGO spokesman Tony Spontana said the executions would unlikely be conducted soon, although nine of the death-row convicts, including Sukumaran and Chan, had arrived in Nusakambangan.

Earlier, many speculated that the executions would be conducted this weekend based on the January executions of six drug traffickers who spent three days on the prison island before facing the firing squad.

Meanwhile, the Brazilian Embassy in Indonesia was reportedly still awaiting a reply from the AGO regarding its request to send Brazilian death-row inmate Rodrigo Gularte to a mental hospital for treatment, as the Cilacap regency-owned RSUD Hospital had declared him mentally ill.

"We have sent the official letter to the AGO but have not yet received a response," Brazilian Deputy Ambassador to Indonesia Leonardo Monteiro said in Jakarta on Saturday as quoted by Antara news agency.

Previously, Attorney General M. Prasetyo said that according to the law on the death penalty, mental illness was not a reason for the postponement of an execution.

"No regulation says so. Exceptions apply only to pregnant women and those under the age of 18. For others, there are no exceptions.Gularte did not have a mental illness when he committed the crime,"Prasetyo said.

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