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Four Nigerians Executed in Indonesia

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Despite pleas by the Nigerian government, the United Nations (UN) and Amnesty International for the death sentence to be lifted, four Nigerians have been executed in Indonesia for drug related offences.

The four Nigerians, had originally been sentenced between 1999, and 2004, for different drug-related offences after they had tried to smuggle heroine into the country.

Martin Anderson

Anderson was sentenced to death in 2004 after being found guilty of possessing about 50g (1.8oz) of heroin. The 50-year-old travelled to Indonesia on a false passport and was thought to be Ghanian, but is in fact Nigerian.

Raheem Agbaje Salami (also known as Jamiu Owolabi Abashin)

Abashin, 50, has said he was homeless in Bangkok when a new “friend” offered him $400 to take some clothes to Indonesia. He was arrested in Surabaya with 5.5kg (12lb) of heroin and originally sentenced, in 1999, to life in prison. The sentence was changed to one of death in 2006. In an appeal for presidential clemency, Abashin admitted he had known he was carrying the drugs. His appeal was unsuccessful.

Silvester Obiekwe Nwolise

Nwolise, 47, was convicted in 2002 of smuggling just over a kilogram of heroin into Indonesia. He was sentenced to death.

His wife said he believed he was carrying tablets – which he swallowed – containing goat horn powder for some Nigerian friends in Pakistan. She also said he had no translator during his trial, and there are allegations that a bribe was sought to spare him a death sentence.

Eleventh hour vigil was held in Sydney for death row Australians.

On Tuesday, the prisoners’ families were heard wailing as they boarded a boat for what’s expected to be their final goodbyes. Reporters at the port in Cilacap described harrowing scenes on Twitter.

Under Indonesian law, the death penalty is carried out by a 12-man firing squad, although only three guns are loaded with live ammunition.

Prisoners are given the choice of whether to stand or sit, and whether they want to wear a blindfold, hood or nothing. The shots — aimed at the heart — are fired from between 5 and 10 meters (16 to 33 feet), according to Amnesty International.

Martin Anderson, who was found guilty of possessing 50 grams of heroin. The 50 year old had travelled to Indonesia on a false passport, and was reportedly shot in the leg, during his arrest.

Credits: The Guardian

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