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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Nigerians, Others Face Firing Squad Tomorrow!


(CNN) — The families of death row prisoners who are expected to be executed within the next 24 hours by Indonesian firing squad made their final visit to the island where they're being held.



Nine prisoners — including eight foreigners — are expected to be led to an isolated area. Under Indonesian law, the death penalty is carried out by a 12-man firing squad, although only three guns are loaded with live ammunition.

Prisoners are given the choice of whether to stand or sit, and whether they want to wear a blindfold, hood or nothing. The shots — aimed at the heart — are fired from between five and 10 meters, according to Amnesty International.

Among the prisoners will be Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan — who married his long-term girlfriend Febyanti Herewila in prison on Monday.

Despite appearing almost certain to be killed within the next 24 hours, both this week received a court date of May 12 to hear an outstanding legal challenge.

Lawyers fighting to delay the death of Filipina Mary Jane Veloso, a domestic helper and mother-of-two, have said they've given up their bid after her second legal review was rejected on Monday. This came despite a last-minute personal appeal from Philippines President Benigno Aquino to Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo.

Her lawyers claim she was the victim of human trafficking, and wasn't aware she was carrying drugs.

The others set for the firing squad are Nigerians Raheem Salami, Silvester Obiekwe Nwolise and Okwudil Oyatanze, Martin Anderson — who was initially identified as Ghanian — and Brazilian Rodrigo Gularte — who is said to be mentally ill.

Frenchman Serge Atlaoui's execution has been delayed while a court considers a legal challenge. The only Indonesian on the condemned list is Zainal Abidin.

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