Jakarta (AsiaNews) - Indonesia has recalled to Jakarta its ambassador-designate to Brazil, Toto Riyanto, in protest over the delay by the South American nation to accept the credentials of the Indonesian ambassador. The diplomatic incident took place ahead of the scheduled execution of a a Brazilian citizen being held in a prison in Central Java, sentenced to death for drug dealing. The execution will take place in seven days.
As per protocol, yesterday morning Riyanto was in the State of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to present his diplomatic credentials. However, suddenly the ambassador-designate was asked to leave the building.
As reported by the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, his Brazilian counterpart asked Riyanto to leave the palace, in protest against the rigid position of the Indonesian administration regarding the pending execution of a citizen of the Latin American country.
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The death row prisoner is 42 year old Rodrigo Gularte. According to media reports, the man suffers from schizophrenia and should be hospitalized in a psychiatric facility. On December 17, 2014 another Brazilian citizen, Marco Archer Cardoso Moreira, 53, was executed for drug trafficking.
Yesterday evening Jakarta Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, confirmed that there will be no delay in executing the seven foreign nationals (of French, Brazilian, Australian, Ghanaian and Filipino nationality) and an Indonesian, all convicted of drug trafficking. "Our commitment to the war on drugs - he said - is not only meant to save our young people, but the whole world."
"This improper act - said the Indonesian Minister - is hard to believe and accept from the diplomatic point of view." Marsudi called the incident "a serious diplomatic faux pas", and added: "As an independent state, we have our rules and our legal system to protect national interests. Any foreign intrusion in our domestic affairs is not appropriate in matters that involve our firm commitment to fighting drug dealing".
The Philippine president, on a diplomatic visit to Indonesia, had a private meeting with Widodo on the possible the condemnation of the Filipino woman. Veloso is in jail on charges of drug dealing, but her execution was postponed several times due to the efforts of former President Aquino and criticism of the Catholic Church.
In mid-July, after Ramadan, 18 death row inmates will be executed. Another 30 are set for early 2017. More and more young people are getting addicted to drugs. About 104,000 have died so far. Currently, 50 people die from overdose every day. The Indonesian Church is involved in rehab work, but lacks the facilities.
Up to 5 thousand people on death row. Head of the judiciary: all convictions will be reviewed. Human rights activists: If applied appropriately, it represents a "significant step" in reducing the death penalty. Since 1998, the Islamic Republic has executed almost 10 thousand people for drugs.
Jakarta has announced the imminent execution of 15 detainees. Fr. Siswantoko, Executive Secretary of the Commission, criticizes gaps in the judicial system, which does not guarantee the punishment of the guilty and condemns the innocent: "The death penalty is not a deterrent to drug dealers. Many of them continue to work from behind bars".
No official date has been set, but death row inmates, five Indonesians and 10 foreigners, will be executed "in mid-May”. Mary Jane Veloso, a 30-year-old Filipina maid sentenced to death, was spared because her case is being prepared in the Philippines.