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What’s the cover up in mass executions?

HONG KONG (SE): As Indonesian government guns were aimed at 14 people found guilty of drug related crimes and their lifeless bodies slumped to the ground at midnight on July 28, Father Antonius Benny Susetyo was asking what the drive to execute aims to cover up.

The secretary of the Setara Institute for Democracy in Jakarta pointed to testimony given by Fredi Budiman, who fell before the guns at the hour where this life morphed into the next.

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Ready—aim—fire

JAKARTA (AsiaNews): Indonesia is preparing to execute 40 people, most of whom are under a death sentence for drug trafficking.

The attorney general, H.M. Prasetyo, made the announcement on April 3 without disclosing the names of the condemned, although it is believed that some big time drug runners are on the list.

No date has been set for the executions, but the attorney general hinted that it might be in May.

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Saudi executes 70th person this year

RIYADH (AsiaNews): The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has carried out its 70th execution for this year. The Saudi Ministry of the Interior announced on March 7 that Alaa al-Zahrani was stoned to death after being convicted in Jeddah.

Last year, 153 death sentences were carried out, most of them for drug trafficking and murder. This was the highest number in 20 years.

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Riyadh plans mass execution

RIYADH (AsiaNews): Human rights organisations say that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is planning a mass execution of dozens of people in a single day.

The British Broadcasting Corporation reported the Saudi newspaper, Okaz, as saying on November 27 that at least 55 people will be executed for crimes of terrorism. The website of the newspaper, al-Riyadh, also published an article—later removed—saying that 52 executions were imminent.

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