Indonesia executed four convicted drug traffickers, including three Nigerians, early on Friday as it pushed ahead with its “war against drugs”, although another 10 scheduled executions were delayed.
As many as 14 people were originally set to face the firing squad together on Friday, but officials decided a “comprehensive review” was needed to “avoid any mistake” in the 10 cases, Attorney General H. Muhammad Prasetyo said.
The date for the next round of executions has not been set, Prasetyo told reporters in Jakarta.
Premium Times reports that at least, two prisoners among that group of 10, a Pakistani national and an Indonesian woman have applied for presidential clemency, their representatives said.
They said legal proceedings could take a long time.
Those executed – three Nigerians and an Indonesian man – were shot during a thunderstorm shortly after midnight on Nusakambangan Island in Central Java.
The government ignored international calls for clemency and pushed ahead with its drive against narcotics.
“Our battle against drug crimes is not over and it will continue. We will maintain our commitment, our firmness and our consistency,” Prasetyo said.
Indonesia has become a “business field” for the production, distribution, import and export of drugs, Prasetyo said.