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Indonesia executes 6 drug traffickers despite international pleas for clemency


The death penalty for the 6 convicted drug traffickers in Indonesia were carried out on Sunday amid tears from the relatives who traveled from various parts of the world to witness the executions.

The 6 convicts were from Indonesia, Malawi, Vietnam, Netherlands, Nigeria, and Brazil. The execution which was carried out despite pleas from the international community, did not go down well especially with the Brazilians who warned that it will damage relations.

A Brazilian national, Marco Archer Cardoso Moreira, 53, who was arrested in 2003 after police at Jakarta airport found 13.4 kg of cocaine in his hand glider, was executed along the other convicts despite his country's out cries.indo

Five were executed on the island of Nusa Kambangan and the other one, a Vietnamese woman was executed in the small central Javanese town of Boyolali.

The convicts were killed in a firing squad in Central Java province shortly after midnight local time.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said in a statement that she was "outraged and dismayed".

"Relations between the two countries have been affected," said Ms Rousseff.

"The Brazilian ambassador to Jakarta has been recalled for consultations," she added.

Indonesia has some of the world's toughest drug laws. The country resumed executions in 2013 after an unofficial four-year moratorium.

President Joko Widodo has reiterated that he will show no mercy towards drug criminals because they have ruined so many lives in his country.

Ms Rousseff had made a plea for clemency on Friday, but it was rejected by Mr Widodo.

She told her Indonesian counterpart that she respected the sovereignty and judicial system of his country but as a mother and head of state she was making the appeal for humanitarian reasons.

Brazil says Mr Widodo said he understood the Brazilian president's concern but said he could not commute the sentence as the full legal process had been followed.

Human rights group Amnesty International urged the Indonesian government to halt executions immediately, and eventually abolish the death penalty.

Moreira said in a video recorded by a friend that he regretted trying to smuggle cocaine into Indonesia.

"I am aware that I committed a serious offence, but I believe I deserve another chance. Everyone makes mistakes."

A second Brazilian national, Rodrigo Muxfeldt Gularte, remains on death row in Indonesia, also convicted with drug trafficking offences.

The two Africans among the executed were; Nigerian, Daniel Enemuo, and Namaona Denis, from Malawi. The international community strongly condemn the death penalty for the said crime.

Brazil abolished the death penalty in times of peace when it became a republic in 1889.

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