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Indonesia executes six convicts by firing squad

Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 01:11

Indonesia executes six prisoners by firing squad for drug offenses, drawing international criticism. Six of those killed were foreigners. Yiming Woo reports.

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These ambulances are heading to an Indonesian island to collect the bodies of prisoners executed by a firing squad. One of them was Brazilian Cardoso Moreira who was caught with cocaine. He was one of five foreigners sentenced to execution, all of them for drug offenses. The Brazilian representative of human rights group Amnesty condemned the killings. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) DIRECTOR OF AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL BRAZIL, ATILA ROQUE, SAYING: "The impression that Indonesia is giving to the world is that the country is moving backwards, that it is decidedly willing to disrespect something which is so important for the world today. The world is moving forwards in reducing, suspending and halting the executions, and Indonesia is saying 'no'." Indonesian broadcaster TV One showed the wife of one of the convicts from Malawi grieving on television. Executions were resumed in 2013 after a five-year gap. Holland and Brazil have both recalled their ambassadors to the country. But Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who signed off the executions, says the government has to be tough on drug offenses.

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Indonesia executes six convicts by firing squad

Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 01:11