Indonesia has executed two Australians who had been convicted of drug charges, in a sentence that was was carried out despite global pleas to spare the duo from a firing squad.
Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan were among those executed early Wednesday, according to the Jakarta Post. A total of eight prisoners were killed in Wednesdayâ€™s execution, the Jakarta Post reported.
One Filipino woman received a last-minute reprieve, according to the newspaper.
â€œWeâ€™ve carried out the executions,â€ an attorney generalâ€™s office official told the newspaper, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Sukumaran and Chan were arrested in Bali a decade ago for recruiting seven others to smuggle heroin from Indonesia into Australia. The other members of the â€œBali Nineâ€ received prison terms, but Sukumaran and Chan were sentenced to death.
A group of inmates, including Sukumaran and Chan, were given 72-hour execution notices over the weekend, which intensified last-ditch efforts to win reprieves for the convicts. The Associated Press reported that coffins for the inmates arrived Tuesday, and relatives were allowed to visit.
â€œWe want to send a strong message to drug smugglers that Indonesia is firm and serious in tackling the drug problem, and one of the consequences is execution if the court sentences them to death,â€ Indonesian President Joko Widodo told Al Jazeera last month.-The Washington Post