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Indonesian celebrities, netizens decry looming execution of Veloso

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 11:12 AM April 25, 2015
Indonesian prison officials watch Filipina drug convict and death row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso, clad in traditional Indonesian attire, performing during a program celebrating Kartini Day in honor of Indonesian national hero and women's rights activist Raden Kartini at Yogyakarta prison on April 21, 2015. Veloso, aged 30 and a mother of two whose appeal had been rejected by the Indonesian Supreme Court is expected to be executed soon along with other drug convicts including foreigners from France, Brazil, Nigeria and Ghana.  AFP PHOTO/TARKO SUDIARNO

Indonesian prison officials watch Mary Jane Veloso, clad in traditional Indonesian attire, performing during a program celebrating Kartini Day in honor of Indonesian national hero and women’s rights activist Raden Kartini at Yogyakarta prison on April 21.  AFP

“Is my President a murderer?

That was the questioned raised by Dewi Candraningrum, editor in chief of Indonesian feminist magazine Jurnal Perempua (Women’s Journal), criticizing the looming execution of Filipino maid Mary Jane Veloso.

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Candraningrum, in a Twitter post on Friday, said Veloso was a victim of human trafficking.

“She is a victim of trafficking. Is my President a murderer?” she tweeted.

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Candraningrum was among the thousands of Indonesians who took to social media their appeal to the Indonesian government to spare Veloso from the death row.

The #MaryJane was the No.2 trending topic in Indonesia on Friday following the transfer of Veloso to a prison island where her execution will take place.

Indonesian celebrity chef Rahung Nasution also joined the appeal to save Veloso, citing that Indonesian President Joko Widodo “is not battling drugs” but “executing poor women.”

“Jokowi is not battling drugs. He is executing poor women, like the migrant workers in Saudi Arabia!! #MaryJane,” Rahung said in a Twitter post.

Veloso was arrested in an Indonesian airport in 2010 after authorities found packs of heroin weighing 2.6 kilograms hidden inside her suitcase.
On Friday, the Philippine government filed a second appeal for the judicial review of her case.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the second appeal for judicial review would focus on the argument that “Mary Jane was a victim of human trafficking.”
The DFA said the family of Veloso will visit her at the execution island this Saturday after authorities allowed her immediate family to see her.

“Family and lawyers will go to the prison this morning,” Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said in a text message.

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“The Indon Foreign Ministry officials will meet representatives from six embassies who have death convicts. DFA and the embassy representatives will attend the meeting,” Jose added.

Edre Olalia, secretary general of the National Union of People’s Lawyers and one of the private counsels of Veloso presently in Indonesia, said that Veloso’s family has received the execution order of Veloso but the date of execution has not been specified yet.

The Philippine Embassy in Jakarta would be notified 72 hours or three days before her execution could take place.

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