With just minutes to spare, Filipina Mary Jane Veloso escaped death by an Indonesian firing squad that executed eight other foreigners found guilty of drug trafficking.
Her lawyers argue Mary Jane is not a criminal but a victim of human trafficking. Like so many other Filipino workers forced to leave home to find work, they say she was poor, vulnerable and deceived. And if they can save her, they may be able to save others like her facing death row.
101 East investigates the case of Mary Jane as her family and supporters fight to bring her home.
Source: 101 East, August 20, 2015
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June 25, 2015
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry says a French citizen sentenced to death for drug offenses has exhausted all options in his legal fight to avoid execution.
Ministry spokesman Aarmanatha Nasir said Thursday that Indonesia will proceed with its legal process “in accordance with the sentence that has been imposed against the convict.”
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has said his government is “totally mobilized” in support of Serge Atlaoui, whose final appeal was denied by an Indonesian court last week.
Nasir said Indonesia recognizes that governments have an obligation to protect their citizens when they get in trouble abroad but they must do so in compliance with local laws.
Indonesia has executed 14 people, mostly foreigners, for drug trafficking this year.
April 23, 2014
State media say a court in Vietnam has sentenced an American to death for heroin trafficking.
The Liberated Saigon newspaper says Jason Dinh, 41, was convicted of trafficking 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of heroin at a one-day trial by Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Court on Tuesday.
The paper said Wednesday that Dinh was arrested last June after customs officials found the heroin hidden in his underwear as he was boarding a flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Australia.
The report quoted the indictment as saying Dinh was hired by an unidentified man to carry the heroin for $30,000.
Court officials were not available for comment Wednesday.
Vietnam has some of the world toughest drug laws, where possessing or trafficking 100 gram of heroin carries the death penalty.
(source: KRMG news)
NOVEMBER 5, 2012 http://www.novinite.com
Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry will attempt to rescue the two Bulgarians recentlysentenced to death for drug trafficking in Malaysia, it has been made clear.
Angel Orbetsov, head of the Asia, Australia and Oceania Directorate at theBulgarian Foreign Ministry, is to arrive on Monday in Kuala Lumpur, where he will meet with representatives of Malaysia‘s Foreign Ministry, according to the Bulgarian National Television.
Orbetsov is expected to declare that Bulgaria and the rest of the EU do not support the death penalty as a judicial measure.
On May 18, 2011, Bulgarian nationals Georgi Georgiev, Ivan Kostov, and Georgi Bakalov were arrested at the Sultan Ismail International Airport in Johor Bahru,Malaysia, on drug trafficking charges.
Due to the lack of evidence for his involvement into the crime, Georgi Georgiev was released and deported to Bulgaria.
Kostov and Bakalov were sentenced to death at the end of October. They insist they were unaware they were transporting illegal drugs, and were told the package included Viagra and other pills.
A total of 900 people are currently on death row in Malaysia, with the last deathpenalty actually carried out in the country being in the distant 1986.
On Saturday, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov noted that Bulgaria‘s interference in the case is triggered only by the death penalty, not by the guilt or the lack of guilt of the two Bulgarians.