Monday, 11 August 2008

Indonesia: Seventh execution in six weeks

The Indonesian Government has executed another convicted murderer, the seventh person shot by firing squad in about six weeks.

Rio Alek Bulo was shot dead by a 12-man firing squad shortly after midnight last Friday morning (8 August), according to an AFP report quoted by the Antara newsagency.

The report said the execution was confirmed by senior prosecutor Abdul Hakim Ritonga.

"His last request to meet his wife and children were fulfilled," Ritonga was quoted as saying.

Bulo had been dubbed "Hammer" by newspapers, after he killed four people with a hammer while stealing their cars.

He was convicted of the murders in 2001, and in 2005 he reportedly killed a fellow prisoner.

Five of the seven latest executions in Indonesia were for murder and two for drug trafficking.

Indonesia executed four convicted murderers on three nights in late July 2008.

Related stories:
Indonesia: Record number executed in four weeks -- 20 July, 2008
Indonesia: Drug offenders executed, more to come -- 29 June, 2008
Executions in Indonesia since 1995 -- 26 September, 2006

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