Gurdeep Singh, the Indian national, who was to be executed for drug trafficking on Thusrsday has been spared.
Gurdeep Singh, the Indian national, who was to be executed for drug trafficking on Thusrsday has been spared. Four other executions went as per schedule in a prison island despite protests from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the European Union and other Human rights groups. Earlier the 48-year old was allowed to speak to his wife Kulwinder Kaur on the phone and expressed hope of not getting executed. Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj had assured the family of doing whatever she could to save Singh. The reasons for sparing his life have not been disclosed yet. Conned by an agent into paying for what he believed was a work visa in New Zealand, he was allegedly abandoned mid-journey in Indonesia.
Earlier today, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj went to Twitter to post about the sparing of Gurdeep Singh.
Indian Ambassador in Indonesia has informed me that Gurdip Singh whose execution was fixed for last night, has not been executed.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 29, 2016
New Delhi has stated that Singh still has the right to appeal to the Indonesian President for leniency. It has also been reported that Indian officials had met Gurdeep Singh and the Indian embassy has requested the government to look at all possible legal options.
The 4 executions were the first since April last year when authorities executed eight drug convicts, including two Australians. President Joko widodo has defended the capital punishment saying that Indonesia is in a war with drugs and traffickers have to be heavily punished.