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Making last minute efforts to save drug convict Indian national from execution in Indonesia: Swaraj

Indonesia has confirmed that it will execute 14 people, including an Indian national, on death row for drug crimes today.

India TV News Desk, Jakarta [ Published on: July 28, 2016 7:15 IST ]
Sushma Swaraj
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Indonesia has confirmed that it will execute 14 people, including an Indian national, on death row for drug crimes today.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj yesterday said that the government was making last minute efforts to save Gurdip Singh (48), who was found guilty by Indonesian authorities of trying to smuggle drugs into the country.

“Gurdip Singh is facing death sentence in a drug case in Indonesia. We are making last minute efforts to save him from execution on July 28," Swaraj said in a series of tweets.

Gurdip Singh was given death sentence by a district court in Indonesia's Tanggerang Banten province.

Singh, who hails from Jalandhar in Punjab, is among 14 people who are facing execution after the authorities decided to resume implementing death penalties.

The decision was criticised by human rights organisations.

UN human rights officials have also expressed concern over the planned executions, urging Jakarta to put an end to "unjust" capital punishment.

The inmates have not been officially named but they are known to include citizens of Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Pakistan and India. They will be executed at Nusakambangan prison island.

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