CILACAP: Indonesia Thursday rejected appeals from the UN and EU to halt the execution of 14 drug convicts including a Pakistani national, as speculation mounted they could face the firing squad in a matter of hours.
The group, including foreigners from Nigeria, Pakistan, India and Zimbabwe as well as Indonesians, have been placed in isolation on a prison island where Jakarta carries out executions.
Authorities stepped up preparations with ambulances carrying coffins seen crossing over to Nusakambangan island.
Indonesia last carried out executions in April 2015 when it put to death eight drug convicts, including two Australians, sparking international outrage.
Jakarta faced accusations of breaking its own laws by apparently planning to hold the executions on Thursday.
Syed Zahid Raza, the deputy Pakistani ambassador in Jakarta, said the family of a Pakistani man, Zulfiqar Ali, had been informed he would be executed Thursday night.
Pakistan has been angered about the planned execution of Ali – whom rights groups claim was beaten into confessing – and summoned Indonesia’s ambassador in Islamabad this week to convey their concerns.
The family and relatives of Ali carried out a protest Wednesday night at mall road Lahore in front of Punjab Assembly.
Ali’s sister also made an emotional appeal to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif regarding elimination of Ali’s execution and as well as to the Indonesian authorities to review this case.
“My brother is not a drug smuggler. I swear he is innocent, I want to see my brother alive, don’t send his body to us.” said his sister.
Meanwhile, the Indonesian government had arranged a final meeting between Ali and his wife and mother, who traveled to Indonesia.