Indonesia prepares to transfer Mary Jane Veloso for execution

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There’s still hope.

A second petition for judicial review will be filed on behalf of Mary Jane Veloso, 30, the Filipina on death row in Indonesia for alleged drug trafficking.

In a statement, Vice President Jejomar Binay said he was told that by Assistant Foreign Affairs Secretary Minda Calaguian-Cruz. 

Vice President Jejomar Binay assured the parents of Mary Jane Veloso, the Filipina on death row in Indonesia, that there are still legal remedies and options left to save her after an appeal he filed early this month was rejected by the Indonesian government.

On Friday evening, Reuters reported that Indonesia is preparing to move a Filipina death row inmate for execution after she lost her appeal in the Supreme Court earlier this week.

“Veloso will be moved from the city of Yogyakarta to the maximum security prison on Nusakambangan Island in Central Java, where the rest of the group awaits execution by firing squad,” according to the Reuters report. It quotes the attorney general’s spokesman, Tony Spontana: “We can say that (Veloso’s) case is done.  There will be preparations to move her soon because the plan to execute all (10 convicts) at once hasn’t changed.”

But the date for the execution has yet to be announced.

Veloso sought a judicial review saying she did not have a capable interpreter during her trial, Jose said.

She was caught at Yogyakarta airport, on the main island of Java, carrying 2.6 kilogrammes (5.73 pounds) of heroin on a flight from Malaysia in April 2010.

Photo: AFP


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