Indian national to be executed in Indonesia today, Centre in “last-minute efforts” to save him
New Delhi is making its last-minute efforts to save Indian national Gurprit Singh who is slated to be executed in Indonesia on Wednesday.
Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said in a tweet on Wednesday that New Delhi is in its final attempts to save his life.
The 48-year-old Singh was caught by the Indonesian police in 2004 while allegedly trying to smuggle 300 grams of heroin to the country.
In February 2005, the state district court at Tanggerang in Banten province sentenced him to death.
The execution is expected to be carried out at Nusakambangan Prison Island.
Singh from Jalandhar, Punjab is known in the name Vishal at his home town.
Recently he was on news, after he withdrew his earlier statement against a Pakistan national Zulfiqar Ali.
While retracting his statement, Singh has stated that he was pressurized to give statements against the Pakistan national as the prosecutors offered him a light judgement.
We are making last minute efforts to save him from execution on 28 July. /2 @NukteVivek
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 27, 2016
Indonesia is one of the few countries with a stringent law against drugs. The country, three years ago, has raised a temporary ban imposed on death penalties.
On Wednesday, 14 people including 10 foreigners and four Indonesians will face a firing squad.
Raising “unfair trials” to some of them, Amnesty International has come down heavily against the Indonesian government’s node to go ahead with the decision.
There are people from Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Senegal, South Africa and Nigeria among those facing executing this time, Amnesty International said.
“Indonesian President Joko Widodo, popularly known as ‘Jokowi’, will be putting his government on the wrong side of history if he proceeds with a fresh round of executions,” an official statement of Amnesty said.
A report published by it claims that some of those arrested, tortured while being in the police custody and also compelled to confess to the crimes they did not commit.
“12 of the prisoners were denied access to legal counsel at the time of their arrest, and at different periods thereafter,” the report said.
The organization has also claimed that investigation has not been done upon these allegation by the prisoners.
Meanwhile, defending the government decision, Indonesian President said that the death penalty was needed to fight the menace of drugs in the country.
“There is no evidence to support President Widodo’s position. aThe death penalty does not deter crime. Carrying out executions will not rid Indonesia of drugs. It is never the solution, and it will damage Indonesia’s standing in the world,” deputy director of Amnesty’s Southeast Asia and Pacific regional office Josef Benedict said.