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Indonesia Moratorium on Executions Shifts Focus on Economy

© Sputnik / Mikhail TsyganovJakarta, the capital of Indonesia
Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia - Sputnik International
Indonesia’s moratorium on state executions will allow the Pacific nation to shift its focus to economic growth, Australian media reported Thursday, citing a presidential chief of staff.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – “The coordinating minister for political, legal and security affairs, Luhut Panjaitan…said he had told his Australian counterparts that killings would stop for now,” the ABC broadcaster said.

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The moratorium would allow Indonesia “to focus on fixing its weak economy,” Panjaitan was quoted as saying at a media conference.

Indonesia resumed capital punishment in 2013 after a four-year pause and has since executed 19 prisoners, according to international watchdog research.

Two Australians, four Nigerians, two Indonesians and a Brazilian – the so-called Bali Nine – were executed in April, sparking an international outcry and frayed relations with Australia. A total of 14 individuals – including Dutch, Vietnamese and Malawian nationals – were executed this year following convictions for drug trafficking.

At least 35 of approximately 120 prisoners awaiting execution in Indonesia are thought to be foreign nationals.

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