Indonesia death penalty - updates

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CA again blocks Mary Jane Veloso's testimony from jail in case vs recruiter

Jun 08, 2018 - 2:23 PM

(UPDATED) The Court Of Appeals says the government must request Indonesia to allow the incarcerated Veloso to go to the Philippines and testify in courts here

Militant group Migrante with the mother of OFW Mary Jane Veloso, Celia, march towards the Court of Appeals in Manila on January 25 to encourage the court to allow Veloso to give her testimony while inside the Indonesian jail. Photo by Ben Nabong

As PH pushes for death penalty, Indonesia open to moratorium

Mar 28, 2017 - 8:41 PM

Asked whether he would consider a moratorium on the death penalty Widodo says Why not? But I must ask my people

WIDODO. In this photograph taken on August 19, 2014, Indonesian president-elect Joko Widodo is photographed during an interview. File photo by Romeo Gacad/ AFP

What it was like waiting for death

Aug 02, 2016 - 9:13 PM

Merry Utami one of the drug convicts spared from execution narrates her experience to her lawyer and a human rights activist

Gunshots at night: Indonesia executes 4 drug convicts

Jul 29, 2016 - 2:42 AM

The government carried out the executions by firing squad some time after midnight

EXECUTED. Cilacap waits for the bodies of those executed. Photo by Natashya Gutierrez

Hollande vows fight to save Frenchman facing death in Indonesia

Jun 23, 2015 - 12:27 PM

Indonesian authorities signaled the execution would not happen during Islam s holiest month

SUPPORT. Singer Anggun, an Indonesian-born French national, delivers a speech in a gathering in support of French citizen Serge Atlaoui, who is facing execution in Indonesia, in Paris, France, in April 2015. Photo by EPA

Australian envoy's return to Indonesia shows his recall was futile

Jun 12, 2015 - 12:11 PM

Recalling Grigson was not only futile but further damaged already fragile ties with Indonesia writes Rebecca Strating

Australia defends Jakarta envoy's return after executions

Jun 10, 2015 - 1:00 PM

Australia s ambassador to Indonesia has resumed his post after a 6 week absence

FOREIGN AFFAIRS. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (R) meets Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Paul Grigson in Perth, Australia, after Grigson was recalled from Jakarta over the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. Photo by EPA

Indonesia jails Russian for 16.5 years for drug smuggling

May 11, 2015 - 7:11 PM

The death sentence is the maximum – not mandatory – sentence for drug trafficking in Indonesia

CAUGHT. Russian Aleksandra Magnaeva (C), an alleged drug trafficker suspect, is escorted by custom officers in Bali, Indonesia, in December 2014. Photo by Made Nagi/EPA

#AnimatED: Mary Jane brought out the best and worst in us

May 11, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Why did we really save Mary Jane?

Mary Jane Veloso conveys her gratitude to Aquino, Jokowi

May 06, 2015 - 2:14 PM

UPDATED Her sister Maritess Veloso Laurente says the family is also grateful and clarifies her mother s controversial statements Her mother and father thank Aquino too but said they cannot forgive him yet

Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, warga Filipina yang divonis mati menangis di persidangan, Sleman, 3 Maret 2015. Foto oleh Bimo Satrio/EPA

TIMELINE: The day Mary Jane Veloso was spared

May 06, 2015 - 10:31 AM

The timeline below covers the 17 hours between April 28 and April 29 that changed the fate of the 30 year old mother of two

Filipino death-row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso, wearing an Indonesian traditional costume, poses during a fashion show to mark Indonesian woman's emancipation Kartini day at Wirogunan prison in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on April 21, 2015. File photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

British grandmother prepares for execution in Indonesia

May 04, 2015 - 11:17 AM

I have started to write goodbye letters to members of my family

A British drug trafficking convict on death row, identified as Lindsay Sandiford, seen at the court during her trial at Denpasar district court in Bali, Indonesia, 20 December 2012. Photo by Made Nagi/EPA

Nigeria expresses 'deep disappointment' at Indonesia executions

Apr 30, 2015 - 11:40 AM

Abuja said President Goodluck Jonathan and Foreign Minister Aminu Wali had made spirited appeals for clemency

An ambulance carries the body of one of the eight death-row prisoners as it drive out from Nusakambangan Island prison in Cilacap, Indonesia, April 29, 2015, after Indonesian authorities executed eight out of nine drug convicts by firing squad. Photo by Adi Weda/EPA

Mulya Lubis: Defender of Chan-Sukumaran and human rights in Indonesia

Apr 29, 2015 - 6:37 PM

There would have been no one better than Lubis to defend the young Australians on death row

An Indonesian girl walks past pictures of executed Australian death-row prisoners Andrew Chan (R) and Myuran Sukumaran (C), and Indonesian Zainal Abidin, on display at Saint Carolus funeral home in Jakarta, Indonesia, 29 April 2015. Photo by Bagus Indahono/EPA

Indonesian stocks plunge after executions

Apr 29, 2015 - 6:11 PM

The executions were not foreign investor friendly

Australian actor John Jarratt at Martin Place in tribute to Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, Australia, April 29, 2015. Photo by EPA

An endless funeral

Apr 28, 2015 - 11:00 PM

Mary Jane matters just as well as the millennials – because people who have the power to demand change yet do nothing will always have blood on their hands

Velosos urge Jokowi to cancel Mary Jane's execution

Apr 28, 2015 - 5:52 PM

They say Maria Kristina Sergio s surrender should save Mary Jane Veloso from execution

HOPEFUL. Mary Jane Veloso's sisters, Maritess (R) and Darling (C), and mother Celia (L) react upon hearing news of Sergio's surrender. Photo by Jet Damazo-Santos/Rappler

Anguished families make 'last visit' before Indonesia executions

Apr 28, 2015 - 11:47 AM

Australian media has published photos of crosses that will be used for their coffins inscribed with the date 29 04 2015

Family prepares for Mary Jane Veloso's final day

Apr 28, 2015 - 10:20 AM

Mary Jane Veloso s requests for the day include a copy of the Jubilee song and some durian

PH ambassador: Back-channel talks going on for Mary Jane

Apr 27, 2015 - 9:51 AM

But migrant worker activists are calling for a stronger Philippine government response to pressure Indonesia

VIGIL. An Indonesian migrant worker activist lights candles during a vigil supporting Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso outside the presidential palace in Jakarta, on April 26, 2015. Photo by EPA

Militants: Mary Jane’s life is in Aquino’s hands

Apr 26, 2015 - 10:41 PM

The Philippines had five years to ensure that Veloso gets the best possible assistance but only provided help when her conviction was affirmed – Migrante

Migrante International members stage a prayer vigil rally in front of the Indonesian embassy in Makati City on April 25, 2015 to call for President Jokowi stop the execution of Mary Jane Veloso. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Mary Jane to family: No resentments

Apr 26, 2015 - 7:52 PM

A day after being given her 72 hour execution notice Mary Jane is still in high spirits Outside prison efforts to save her grow

Mary Jane prays for alleged recruiter

Apr 26, 2015 - 6:44 PM

Instead of getting mad at those responsible for her imprisonment and looming execution Mary Jane prays that God absolves them of their sins

Aquino to appeal for Mary Jane's life at Malaysia summit

Apr 26, 2015 - 4:04 PM

UPDATE Indonesian President Joko Widodo says he no longer wants to talk about the death penalty

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his departure statement during the send-off ceremony at the Departure Area of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 in Pasay City on Sunday (April 26, 2015) to join fellow Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leaders in attending the 26th ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi, Malaysia. (Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

Mary Jane refuses to sign execution notice

Apr 26, 2015 - 10:24 AM

72 hour notice means execution can be done at 5pm on Tuesday at the earliest but lawyers are still racing to stop it

SAVE MARY JANE. Filipino Christopher Veloso (R) Brother of Mary Jane Veloso, speaks during a protest outside the Indonesian embassy, in Makati city, south of Manila, Philippines, April 24, 2015. Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

Mary Jane told of execution date: Tuesday, April 28

Apr 25, 2015 - 5:55 PM

UPDATED Mary Jane is told Saturday afternoon about her execution date Tuesday April 28 in the presence of Philippine embassy officials just hours after a reunion with her family

IN TEARS. Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso during her case review hearing in March 2015. Photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

Mary Jane's family set for visit, with letters of hope

Apr 25, 2015 - 9:25 AM

But they re also worried it may be the last time they see her

Celia Veloso reads one of the handwritten letters from Filipino students for Mary Jane. All photos by Jet Damazo-Santos/Rappler

PH to Indonesia: No threats, just humanitarian plea

Apr 25, 2015 - 7:52 AM

Indonesia has so far ignored all threats of diplomatic consequences from countries with citizens on its death row

PLEA. Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay (R) relays his appeal for Ma​r​y Jane Veloso to Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla on the sidelines of their bilateral meeting in Jakarta on April 23, 2015. Handout photo from OVP

Indonesians, too, appeal for #MaryJane

Apr 24, 2015 - 5:20 PM

The hashtag MaryJane trends in Indonesia started by Twitter celebrity Rahung Nasution as Indonesian rights groups appeal for her the Filipina on death row

Families of death row inmates, fearing worst, head to Indonesia

Apr 24, 2015 - 3:44 PM

Diplomats said they had not been informed of when the group will be executed but the steps underway suggest that an announcement could be imminent

Mary Jane transferred to execution island

Apr 24, 2015 - 8:09 AM

Her sons arrive in Jakarta midnight and she is transferred 1 am on Friday April 24 to Nusa Kambangan prison island where Indonesia holds its executions

Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso in tears during her case review hearing in March 2015. Photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

'Basta't Maghintay Ka Lamang': Sons sing for Mary Jane Veloso

Apr 23, 2015 - 11:32 PM

UPDATED Mary Jane Veloso s son Mark Daniel 12 says the song keeps him and his younger brother strong and hopeful because it reminds them of their mother s voice

SONG FOR MARY JANE. The children of the OFW on Indonesian death row sing for their mother before they fly to Indonesia with their grandmother, Celia.

Mary Jane's kids to Indonesian president's son: Help save mom

Apr 23, 2015 - 6:13 PM

Please tell your father not to execute her

Indonesian court rejects death row Ghanaian's appeal

Apr 22, 2015 - 9:37 PM

Indonesia s attorney general: I give two thumbs up to the Supreme Court s decision

REJECTED. Ghana national Martin Anderson (C) listens to his lawyers during a hearing on his case review application in Jakarta, on March 19, 2015. Photo by Bagus Indahono/EPA

France summons Indonesian ambassador over citizen on death row

Apr 22, 2015 - 9:13 PM

Serge Atlaoui s relatives are begging French President Francois Hollande and the European Union to save him

ON DEATH ROW. French national Serge Areski Atlaoui (R), 51, talks to his lawyer, Nancy Yuliana Sunjoto SH (L) inside the court room during a hearing on his case review application in Tangerang on April 1, 2015. Photo Bagus Indahono/EPA

Lawyers: PH anti-drug agency to provide evidence for Mary Jane

Apr 22, 2015 - 9:01 PM

Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay also appealed for Mary Jane in a meeting with Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla

Indonesian court rejects appeal of Frenchman on death row

Apr 21, 2015 - 8:03 PM

France warns that executing Serge Atlaoui will have consequences for relations between Paris and Jakarta

ON DEATH ROW. French national Serge Areski Atlaoui (R), 51, talks to his lawyer, Nancy Yuliana Sunjoto SH (L) inside the court room during a hearing on his case review application in Tangerang on April 1, 2015. Photo Bagus Indahono/EPA

IN PHOTOS: Mary Jane joins Indonesian women's day celebrations

Apr 21, 2015 - 4:19 PM

The special activities inside Wirogunan Penitentiary in Yogyakarta were a brief respite for the mother of two on death row

Mary Jane's 'catwalk' for the fashion show.

Aquino to Jokowi: Grant Mary Jane clemency

Apr 21, 2015 - 3:56 PM

We can always try the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs says as the Philippine vice president also seeks a meeting with the Indonesian president

FRIENDLY TIES. Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (right) welcomes Indonesian President Joko Widodo (left) in the Philippines' presidential palace on February 9, 2015. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Indonesia court rejects death penalty for 2 drug smugglers

Apr 20, 2015 - 10:30 PM

Sentencing a defendant is not about revenge but more a form of education and lesson so that in the future the defendant won t conduct another criminal act

EXECUTED. Ambulances carrying the bodies of 5 drug convicts executed by firing squad at the Nusakambangan Island prison complex in Cilacap, Central Java, on January 18, 2015. Photo by EPA

Jokowi on pleas for Mary Jane: Respect our laws

Apr 20, 2015 - 8:45 PM

While President Joko Widodo says Indonesian laws allow for execution what he doesn t say is that his country s laws also provide for clemency

SOUTHEAST ASIAN LEADERS. Indonesian President Joko Widodo (left) and Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (right) meet in the Philippines' presidentail palace on February 9, 2015, during Widodo's visit to Manila. File photo by Robert Viñas/ Malacañang Photo Bureau

#AnimatED: Mercy isn’t inconsistent with rule of law

Apr 20, 2015 - 9:00 AM

President Jokowi showing mercy to those who deserve it is not inconsistent with Indonesia’s laws Clemency is not a sign of weakness

Paris warns Indonesia of consequences if Frenchman executed

Apr 17, 2015 - 6:16 PM

Frenchman Serge Atlaoui is appealing his case before the Supreme Court and a verdict is expected imminently

STILL HOPING. Sabine Atlaoui, the wife of death-row prisoner Sergei Atlaoui of France, arrives at Wijayapura port for a visit to Nusakambangan prison island in Cilacap, Indonesia, on March 5, 2015. Photo by Mast Irham/EPA

Saudi executions won't affect Indonesia plans, official says

Apr 17, 2015 - 1:17 PM

Indonesian is protesting Saudi s execution of two Indonesians this week without prior notice

PROTEST. Indonesian migrant worker activists protest outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in Jakarta in 2011 over the beheading of an Indonesian worker. File photo by EPA

Indonesia court: No new evidence in Mary Jane case

Apr 15, 2015 - 12:36 PM

Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso moves a step closer to execution but her lawyers are planning to file a second appeal as soon as possible

Cardinal Tagle to Indonesia: Due process for Mary Jane

Apr 14, 2015 - 2:28 PM

The Manila archbishop also tells migrant Filipino workers: Do not just accept parcels or bags from people especially from those you do not know

IN TEARS. Mary Jane Veloso, 30, was in tears when she appeared in court on March 3, 2015, to appeal against her death sentence. Photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

CBCP: 'Storm heaven with prayers' to save Mary Jane

Apr 13, 2015 - 6:19 PM

Every life is precious as it comes from God Filipino Catholic bishops say hoping to save a 30 year old Filipina who is on Indonesia s death row

FINAL APPEAL. Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso (center) escorted by police officers during an appeal hearing in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on March 3, 2015. Photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

Fresh legal bids for Filipina, Bali 9 on death row

Apr 09, 2015 - 7:17 PM

Lawyers for Filipina Mary Jane Veloso will seek a second case review while lawyers for the Australian Bali Nine pair went to the Constitutional Court

ANOTHER ATTEMPT. Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso seen here in Sleman court in March 2015. Photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

Australia doing 'everything it can' for Bali death row pair

Apr 08, 2015 - 1:30 PM

Tony Abbott says he has spoken to Jokowi again about the Bali Nine pair

BILATERAL TIES. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (L) is greeted by Indonesian President Joko Widodo shortly before a meeting at the presidential palace, in Jakarta on October 20, 2014. File photo by EPA

Indonesian court rejects death row Australians' appeal

Apr 06, 2015 - 3:13 PM

UPDATED Lawyers say they will file an application to the Constitutional Court but the Attorney General s Office says there will be no more delays to the executions

LAST BID. Australian Andrew Chan (R) and Myuran Sukumaran (C) seen in this 2010 file photo with their lawyer at the Denpasar District Court in Bali. Photo by Made Nagi/EPA