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Amid Execution Outcry, AG Says Respect Indonesia's Laws

JANUARY 18, 2015

Jakarta. Following international condemnation for the execution of six prisoners for drug trafficking, Indonesia's attorney general has called on the international community to respect Indonesia's laws.

“We can understand the reaction coming from the world and countries that had their citizens shot," Attorney General H.M. Prasetyo told a press conference on Sunday.

"However, every country has to respect the law applied in our country,”

Five foreigners and one Indonesian were killed by firing squad shortly after midnight on Sunday. They included citizens of Nigeria, Malawi, Vietnam, the Netherlands and Brazil. Five inmates were executed at Nusakambangan prison and one at Boyolali prison.

The executions have been condemned by human rights activists and several governments. Brazil and the Netherlands have both recalled their ambassadors from Jakarta.

Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, released a statement on Thursday condemning the planned executions, calling the move “deeply regrettable.”

Prasetyo, however, said Indonesia was opposed to drug trafficking and drug-related crimes would be punished.

“I think they can understand that the death sentence is something that is in effect in Indonesia. They will understand our concern,” he said.

Indonesia resumed the execution of death row inmates in 2013, under former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Despite its use of the death penalty at home, Indonesia regularly pursues clemency for its citizens abroad.

President Joko Widodo disappointed death-penalty campaigners in December when he said he would not offer clemency to convicted drug traffickers.

Joko argued the extreme measure was necessary to combat the production and distribution of drugs in Indonesia.

The government has also pledged to execute as many as 20 people each year, despite criticism.

Prasetyo said his office was moving forward with the second phase of executions.

“There shouldn’t be any unfinished legal process. Once it’s [the legal process] done completely, we’ll prepare the execution as soon as possible,” he told newsportal