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Indonesia executes eight convicts
28 Apr 2015 20:08
Eight drug convicts were executed by an Indonesian firing squad this evening, but a Filipina who was on death row with the Australians, Nigerians, a Brazilian and an Indonesian was unexpectedly not among them.
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The execution of the Filipina was delayed at the last minute after one of her recruiters surrendered to police in the Philippines, the attorney general's spokesman said.
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"The execution of Mary Jane (Veloso) has been postponed because there was a request from the Philippine president related to a perpetrator suspected of human trafficking who surrendered herself in the Philippines," said Tony Spontana, spokesman for the attorney general.
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"Mary Jane has been asked to testify."
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Earlier, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop criticised Indonesia's "chaotic" handling of the executions, saying there would be "consequences" if the killings were carried out.
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Two Australians, Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, were among those being held at the high-security prison island of Nusakambangan before their execution.
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"I think the ghastly process that the family have been put through today just underscores how chaotic this has been," Ms Bishop told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
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"They do deserve respect and they do deserve to have dignity shown to them at this time of unspeakable grief. But that doesn't seem to have been extended to them at this time."
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The families had to push through a huge scrum of journalists when they arrived at Cilacap, the town that serves as the gateway to Nusakambangan, to visit the two men.
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Sukumaran's sister Brintha collapsed into the arms of family members who had to carry her.
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