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Govt orders execution process for Nigerian, Ghanaian, others

Ten persons imprisoned for drug trafficking – from Nigeria, Australia, France, Brazil, the Philippines, Ghana and Indonesia are to face firing squad simultaneously, after their appeal for presidential leniency was denied.

The government of Indonesia ordered their execution despite pressure and criticism from the international community, calling for the convicts not to be killed.

The spokesman for Indonesia’s attorney general’s office, Tony Spontana, said officials in charge of execution have been ordered on Thursday, April 23, to “make preparations for an execution.”

“This order has been issued so that the officials make preparations concerning their role,” Spontana told AFP.

It was gathered that prisoners are expected to be given 72 hours of notice before they are executed, but Spontana said the convicts have not been notified yet.

No date has been set for their execution.

Appeals by two of the convicts, Frenchman Serge Atlaoui and Martin Anderson from Ghana were rejected on Tuesday, April 21.

Australia has also intensified its diplomatic  campaign to save the two Australians on death row.

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