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    JAKARTA: Indonesia executed three convicted murderers on Friday, an official said, the second time that the country has done so since 2008 in a move that drew condemnation from rights groups.

    Suryadi Swabhuana, Jurit and Ibrahim, all Indonesians, were put to death by firing squad in Nusakambangan prison, on an island off the coast of the main island of Java.

    “We executed the three men early Friday,” said Mahfud Mannan, the deputy attorney general for criminal cases. “They were convicted in two separate cases of premeditated murder.”

    Swabhuana, 46, was convicted of murder and theft in 1991, according to government records.

    Jurit and Ibrahim, who both go by one name like many Indonesians, were convicted of murder in a second case. Further details were not available.

    Indonesia resumed executions in March, when it put a Malawian drug trafficker to death. Prior to that, in 2008 it executed three men who played key roles in the 2002 Bali bombings.

    Amnesty International slammed the latest executions as a “major regressive step.”
    “The executions set Indonesia against global trends towards abolition of the death penalty,” said Josef Benedict, an Indonesia campaigner at Amnesty.

    AFP

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