MJ Veloso gets third reprieve; won’t be in Indonesia’s next execution list

  • Filipina Mary Jane Veloso has been spared by the Indonesian government from execution again
  • This will be the third reprieve Veloso got after she was spared from death by firing squad in April 2015
  • The Indonesian government, however, will push through with the execution of 16 other convicts

Convicted Filipina drug mule Mary Jane Veloso gets another lease in life after she was not included in the list of persons scheduled for execution in the months to follow.

In a statement on Friday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) confirmed Veloso’s exclusion from the Indonesian government’s execution list for this year.

“This is the third time that Veloso was spared from death. The first was the Philippines appeal to President Joko Widodo on May 5, 2015, and spared for the second time because of the observance of Ramadan in June this year,” said the DFA.

Veloso was convicted of drug trafficking in Indonesia after she was arrested for smuggling 2.6 kilograms (5.7 lb) of heroin at the airport in April 2010. She was sentenced to death in October of that year but was spared due to a moratorium on capital punishment enacted by then Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Five years later, she was scheduled to die by firing squad after Joko Widodo was elected as President of Indonesia.

Veloso was supposed to be executed last April 26, 2015, but was granted a temporary reprieve at the last minute after the woman who allegedly recruited her to be a drug courier surrendered to authorities in Manila.

Her third reprieve came after Attorney General H.M. Prasetyo said the 31-year-old former domestic worker from Nueva Ecija was excluded from the list due to the legal process in the Philippines that’s yet to be completed.

“Not yet,” said the Indonesian official when asked about Veloso’s fate. “We are still waiting on the legal process in the Philippines, which we have to respect.”

Prasetyo added 16 more convicts will be executed by firing squad including nationals from Nigeria and Zimbabwe. However, he declined to give details on the date of execution.

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