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Indonesia Firing Squad Executes 8, Spares Woman

Nation goes ahead with executions over drug charges
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2015 1:23 PM CDT

(Newser) – Intense international pressure failed to sway Indonesia: It executed seven foreigners and one of its own citizens today via firing squad over drug-smuggling charges, reports the Jakarta Post. However, the newspaper says that a Filipino woman, Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso, was spared at the last moment because the drug courier who allegedly recruited her surrendered in the Philippines.

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Veloso, a low-income mother of two, had no idea she was even carrying drugs when arrested, her lawyers have argued. They called her a victim of human trafficking, reports CNN. It's not clear yet whether her execution has been called off or merely postponed. The dead include two Australians, a Brazilian, a Ghanian, and three Nigerians. Families were allowed last visits. (Read more Indonesia stories.)

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