“I won’t repeat this again, this is about the supremacy of the law.” With those words, Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has apparently driven the last nail on the coffin of Filipina death convict Mary Jane Veloso.
In an interview on state television late Monday night, Widodo indicated his intent to deny Veloso clemency; saying those who break the law must be made to pay the consequences.
He also said he has asked his Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi to relay his decision to the Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, who met with the Indonesian president earlier in the ASEAN meeting in Malaysia, for clemency towards Veloso.
Veloso, a 30-year-old single mother of two, was sentenced to death after being convicted of attempted drug-smuggling in 2010. However, she has maintained her innocence; saying she was tricked into bringing a bag containing 2.6 kilograms of heroin in Indonesia’s Yogyakarta Airport.
Along with Veloso, the two leaders of the infamous “Bali Nine” drug-smuggling ring and other foreign convicts are also scheduled for execution either this Tuesday or Wednesday.
(source: Tempo, Rappler, Coconuts Jakarta and Kickerdaily)