Who are the executioners in Indonesia?
The officer – a young man who wanted to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of his role – is part of a wing of the Indonesian police corps known as the Mobile Brigade (“Brimob”). The brigade carries out the executions on top of its regular duties. They are not full-time executioners but rather special police officers assigned to the job.
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Does Indonesia still use the death penalty?
As Indonesia prepares to execute up to 11 prisoners, including two Australians, a Brazilian and a Nigerian national, amid international uproar, the spotlight has been thrown on the use of the death penalty in the country.
What is the hardest part of the execution process?
Pulling the trigger is the easy part, the officer says as he contemplates the executions which are to come. The worst part is the human touch, he says, the connection with those who are about to die. The executioner has to lace the prisoner’s limbs, hands and feet to a cross-shaped pole with thick rope.
Should death penalty sentences be commuted in Indonesia?
Death penalty sentences are often commuted to long jail terms in Indonesia and an in-person trial might have brought about a less severe verdict, according to Setiadi, who described his clients as low-level players in the smuggling ring.
What happened in Lombok and Sumatra?
In Sumatra, anti-Javanese Sumatran youths massacred the ethnic Javanese plantation labourers and PKI members throughout North Sumatra. In Lombok, natives slaughtered mostly ethnic Balinese all across the region.
What was Sukarno’s relationship with the Communist Party of Indonesia?
The rise in influence and increasing militancy of the Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI), and Sukarno’s support for it, was a serious concern for Muslims and the military, and tension grew steadily in the early and mid-1960s.
Is there proof that Soeharto orchestrated the 1965 Indonesian Massacre?
The New York Times, 29 September 2017. In Indonesia, the ‘fake news’ that fueled a Cold War massacre is still potent five decades later. The Washington Post. 30 September 2017. There’s now proof that Soeharto orchestrated the 1965 killings by Jess Melvin.
How many Chinese were killed during the Indonesian purge?
Robert Cribb and Charles A. Coppel noted that “relatively few” Chinese were actually killed during the purge while most of the dead were native Indonesians. The death toll of the Chinese was in the thousands, while the death toll of native Indonesians was in the hundreds of thousands.
Did American diplomats endorse mass killings in Indonesia 50 years ago?
^ Kai Thaler (2 December 2015). 50 years ago today, American diplomats endorsed mass killings in Indonesia. Here’s what that means for today. The Washington Post. Retrieved 3 December 2015.