Indonesia spares NRI from execution for drug smuggling

indonesiaIndonesia has executed four persons including 3 foreigners, for drug crimes. At the last minute convict Gurdip Singh was spared, and officials did not say why, but did say 10 more convicts are to be executed later. The executions were done despite protests from UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon and the EU.

Mr Singh’s family in Jalandhar was very relieved after Gurdip, 48, spoke to his wife Kulwinder Kaur on the phone and told her he was hoping to be saved.

Gurdip was convicted in 2004 for drug smuggling. He was duped by an agent into paying for what he believed was a work visa for New Zealand, but he was abandoned mid-journey in Indonesia.

New Delhi said Singh has the right to appeal to the President of Indonesia for clemency. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said his officials have met Singh and the embassy has asked Indonesia to look at all legal options.

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has assured the family that she is doing her best to save him.