Indonesia has executed three Nigerian drug convicts by firing squad, an official said. The Nigerians were put to death along with one Indonesian on Thursday (after midnight Indonesian time), Noor Rachmad, deputy attorney general for general crimes, told reporters.
He did not say why 10 other drug convicts, who had been expected to face the firing squad, were not executed.
Indonesia on Thursday rejected mounting international pressure and desperate pleas from relatives to halt the execution of 14 drug convicts it sentenced to death by firing squad.
The group, including foreigners from Nigeria, Pakistan, India and Zimbabwe as well as Indonesians, had been placed in isolation on a prison island where Jakarta carries out executions.
Authorities stepped up preparations, with ambulances seen transporting coffins over to the island and cars heading for the penal colony in the evening carrying convicts’ relatives, police and religious counsellors.