FEATURED POST

In the crosshairs of conscience: John Kitzhaber's death penalty reckoning

Image
To cope with his dread, John Kitzhaber opened his leather-bound journal and began to write.
It was a little past 9 on the morning of Nov. 22, 2011. Gary Haugen had dropped his appeals. A Marion County judge had signed the murderer's death warrant, leaving Kitzhaber, a former emergency room doctor, to decide Haugen's fate. The 49-year-old would soon die by lethal injection if the governor didn't intervene.
Kitzhaber was exhausted, having been unable to sleep the night before, but he needed to call the families of Haugen's victims.
"I know my decision will delay the closure they need and deserve," he wrote.
The son of University of Oregon English professors, Kitzhaber began writing each day in his journal in the early 1970s. The practice helped him organize his thoughts and, on that particular morning, gather his courage.
Kitzhaber first dialed the widow of David Polin, an inmate Haugen beat and stabbed to death in 2003 while already serving a life sentence fo…

Indonesia: Police prepare security ahead of executions on Nusakambangan

Indonesian police personnel getting ready ahead of the execution of eight death row inmates on Nusakambangan island in April 2015.
Indonesian police personnel getting ready ahead of the execution
of eight death row inmates on Nusakambangan island in April 2015.
Cilacap Police are preparing security measures for the execution of several death row inmates convicted of drug charges on Nusakambangan prison island in Cilacap, Central Java.

Cilacap Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Ulung Sampurna Jaya said the third batch of executions carried out during President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration would be conducted in the near future. The police chief said, however, he had not yet received an official order to prepare the executions.

“It will be conducted in a matter of weeks,” said Ulung.

“Therefore, we have prepared everything, including security teams and Mobile Brigade personnel that can deploy at anytime to carry out the executions,” he told thejakartapost.com on Tuesday.

Ulung went on to say that a number of locations around Nusakambangan were guarded tightly by Brimob personnel. “Especially Pasir Putih prison, which has maximum security,” said Ulung.

Hundreds of drug convicts and convicted terrorists, including several death row inmates, are imprisoned at Pasir Putih. Convicted terrorist Abu Bakar Ba’asyir served his sentence at Pasir Putih prison before he was moved to Gunung Sindur prison in Bogor, West Java, on Saturday.

Earlier, Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo told journalists in Jakarta that the third batch executions would certainly be conducted. Those set to be executed comprise foreign nationals and Indonesian citizens. Prasetyo refused to give details on when the executions would be conducted.

“Any death row inmate whose legal rights have been fulfilled will be executed,” said Prasetyo at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta at the beginning of April.

National Narcotics Agency (BNN) chief Comr. Gen. Budi Waseso recently called for the execution of death row inmates on drug smuggling charges. He asked the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) to execute 151 drug dealers sentenced to death by the courts.

The AGO executed 14 death row inmates throughout 2015. The first batch of executions was conducted on Jan. 18, 2015. Six death row inmates were executed by firing squad on Nusakambangan and at Brimob headquarters in Boyolali, Central Java.

Eight death row inmates were executed in the second round of executions on April 29, 2015. Seven of the convicts were foreigners -- two Australians named Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, Raheem Agbaje Salami, Okwudili Oyatanze and Silvester Obiekwe Nwaolise, alias Mustofa, from Nigeria, Rodrigo Gularte from Brazil and Martin Anderson, alias Belo, from Ghana. Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso from the Philippines was initially listed for execution but her execution was postponed just minutes before she was set to face the firing squad.

Source: The Jakarta Post, April 20, 2016

- Report an error, an omission: deathpenaltynews@gmail.com - Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Most Viewed (Last 7 Days)

New Hampshire: More than 50,000 anti-death penalty signatures delivered to Sununu

Texas: The accused Santa Fe shooter will never get the death penalty. Here’s why.

Malaysian court sentences Australian grandmother to death by hanging

Post Mortem – the execution of Edward Earl Johnson

Convicted killer from infamous “Texas 7” prison escape gets execution date

Ohio: Lawyers seek review of death sentence for 23-year-old Clayton man

Texas man on death row for decapitating 3 kids loses appeal

Amnesty International Once Again Highlights Shocking Justice System in Iran

Maria Exposto: Can she avoid execution?

Ohio man with execution set for July 18 blames killing on ‘homosexual panic’