Radical Islamic cleric Aman Abdurrahman (Source: AFP) Jakarta (VNA) - Indonesian prosecutors have demanded a death penalty for radical Islamic cleric Aman Abdurrahman who was accused of ordering attacks including a January 2016 suicide bombing and gun attack in the capital city of Jakarta that killed four civilians and four attackers. Speaking at a hearing at the South Jakarta District Court on May 18, prosecutor Anita Dewayani clarified that Abdurrahman was brought to the court for the charge of making plans and/or inciting others to commit terrorism activities to sow terrorism atmosphere in the community. According to Indonesia’s anti-terrorism law and the evidence against Abdurrahman, Dewayani proposed a death penalty for the Islamic cleric. Abdurrahman allegedly set up the group Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) linked to the self-claimed Islamic State (IS), which was blamed for a string of suicide bombings in the city of Surabaya on May 13 and 14 which killed about 30 … [Read more...] about Indonesian prosecutors propose death penalty for radical cleric
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Indonesia on Friday defended its use of the death penalty for drug traffickers, just days after its representative was jeered at a U.N. narcotics conference, citing a steep rise in demand and consumption in Southeast Asia's most populous country. A police helicopter hovers over a marijuana field during an operation to destroy the illegal marijuana plants in Seulimeum, Aceh Besar, Aceh province, Indonesia April 1, 2016, in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Indonesia has faced widespread international criticism for its use of capital punishment, most recently for the high-profile executions of foreign drug traffickers, despite repeated pleas for mercy from governments and international activists. "Indonesia and like-minded countries ... face diverse challenges in handling drugs and the death penalty is one of the options based on sovereignty of the law in each country," the foreign ministry said in a statement. Indonesia's representative at the U.N. conference drew criticism when he … [Read more...] about Indonesia defends use of death penalty for drug trafficking
SYDNEY - Two Australian drug smugglers on death row in Indonesia have made a desperate plea for their lives, insisting they are reformed characters and deserve a second chance. The rest are serving lengthy sentences, including life terms. Both men have lost their final appeals, with their fate now in the hands of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who can grant clemency. But with Indonesia in February announcing it planned to put to death some convicts for murder and drugs offences in 2013 after not carrying out an execution for several years, concerns about their fate are growing. Sukumaran and Chan told Sydney's Sunday Telegraph newspaper they were having nightmares involving being shot dead by a firing squad. "That scenario, being lined up, having a thing tied over your face and seeing these people in front of you with guns. That is the image that comes to my mind," said Sukumaran, 32. He said execution would end their lives just when they were achieving good for … [Read more...] about Australians on Indonesia death row plead for lives
in vain to stop Indonesia from executing a Vietnamese drug convict, Vietnam,where heroin trafficking is rampant,sentenced eight drug mules to death. Earlier, on January 5, following blanket media coverage about appeals by death row inmates, the apex prosecutors’ office had launched a review of 16 convictions that showed signs of miscarriage of justice. On December 4, a day before a murder convict was to be executed by lethal injection,President Truong Tan Sang had ordered a last-minute reprieve and instructed related agencies to investigate if there had been a wrongful conviction. In a country where death sentences are often handed down to those convicted of drug offences and murder, analysts increasingly raise two major questions: Has the death penalty played any role in deterring those crimes? And, in the context of increasingly disturbing media reports about wrongful convictions, how can Vietnam ensure innocent people are not executed? There is a third, possibly more … [Read more...] about Is Vietnam ready to abolish death penalty?
Indonesian police have captured the country's most-wanted militant, Abu Dujana, who heads a military wing of the Southeast Asian militant group Jemaah Islamiah (JI), a police spokesman said Wednesday. Dujana had been sought in connection with several deadly bomb attacks, including the 2004 Australian embassy blast and a car bombing at the JW Marriot hotel in Jakarta a year earlier. An Indonesian police officer holds a picture of militant Abu Dujana … [Read more...] about Indonesia captures most-wanted Islamic militant