Indonesia reportedly executed seven foreigners and one Indonesian for drug crimes early Wednesday amid intense international pressure to stop the executions. Early reports indicated that Filipina mother-of-two Mary Jane Voloso, also convicted of drugs crimes, was given a late reprieve.
Both the Jakarta Post and the Jakarta Globe tweeted that eight people were executed, not nine as originally expected. The Globe tweeted: “Indonesia spares Mary Jane Veloso of Philippines from execution.”
The Jakarta Post reported that Veloso was “spared after a woman who allegedly recruited her to act as a drug courier gave herself up to police in the Philippines on Tuesday.”
The eight were executed by firing squad at Besi prison on Nusakambangan Island as people from all over the world continued to call for leniency on Twitter with the #IStandForMercy hashtag.
Among the eight were Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. The other foreigners were three Nigerian men, one Ghanian and one Brazilian.
The Australian government said Tuesday that it had done all it could to save the lives of Chan and Sukumaran, as celebrities released a video sharply criticising Prime Minister Tony Abbott for not doing more.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo also came under pressure from the UN to stop the executions, but Jakarta has repeatedly insisted that the punishment is justified amid the country’s “drugs emergency”.
Family members traveled of the nine traveled to Nusakambangan Island this week ahead of the executions to spend their last moments with their loved ones.
Protests and candlelight vigils were held around the world as the executions were carried out.
The eight people reportedly executed were:
* Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan
* Ghanaian Martin Anderson
* Indonesian Zainal Abidin bin Mgs Mahmud Badarudin
* Nigerians Raheem Agbaje Salami, Sylvester Obiekwe Nwolise, Okwudili Oyatanze
* Brazilian Rodrigo Gularte