INDONESIA – Execution of Drug Offender

On 14 March, after four years of no executions, Indonesia executed Adami Wilson (48), a Malawian national.  Adami was executed by firing squad. He had been convicted of drug offences in 2004 in Banten province.

“This  execution  in Indonesia sets a worrying precedent; the Government should consider introducing an immediate moratorium on all executions” said Louise Vischer, Coordinator of ADPAN.

Around 130 prisoners are under sentence of death in Indonesia – more than half have been convicted of drug offences.  ADPAN, which opposes the death penalty in all cases, is concerned about the high number of drug offenders facing the death penalty.

“Imposing the death penalty for drug offences breaches international law which states that the death penalty can only be used for “the most serious offences” and only crimes of intentional killing” said Vischer.

Governments around the world  are restricting the number of capital crimes including those for drug offences. Singapore and Malaysia are currently discussing or amending their death penalty laws for drug offenders. “Any decision to resume executions in Indonesia runs counter to moves, both at ASEAN and at global levels, away from the death penalty,” said Vischer.

Last year, Indonesia decided  to abstain from voting on the UN resolution calling for a global moratorium on executions – previously it had always voted against the resolution.

The last known executions in Indonesia took place in November 2008 when three men involved in the 2002 Bali bombings were executed.

ADPAN members in Indonesia


Commission for ‘The Disappeared’ and Victims of Violence (KONTRAS),

Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Masyarakat (LBH Masyarakat)

15 March 2013