Another Nigerian man gets death sentence for trafficking drugs in Indonesia

Another Nigerian has been sentenced to death in Indonesia for drug trafficking, media reports said on Thursday.

The district court in Tangerang near Jakarta on Wednesday found Simon Ikechukwu Ezeaputa guilty of controlling a drug transaction from his prison cell, where he is serving a 20-year jail term for drug offences, news portal said.

Reports said the transaction involved 350g of crystal methamphetamine.

About 60 people are on death row in Indonesia for drug offences.

Indonesia executed six drug convicts in January and is preparing to put to death another 10 death-row inmates, including two Australians who have been the subject of a diplomatic row between Jakarta and Canberra.

Amnesty Internatonal said its annual report on the death penalty worldwide released Wednesday that “Indonesia stood out for all the wrong reasons.”

“While the death penalty is always a human rights violation, there are many issues in Indonesia, in particular around fair trial concerns, that make its use even more troubling,” said an Amnesty researcher in Indonesia, Papang Hidayat.

“Investigations by human rights groups have found that individuals sentenced to death have been tortured and forced to sign police investigation reports,” he said.


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