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Indonesia executes eight prisoners

On April 29 Indonesia defended the execution of seven foreign drug convicts, with the attorney general saying that although the death penalty was not 'pleasant' it was vital in waging a war against drugs.

Indonesia executes eight prisoners
Indonesia's Attorney-General Muhammad Prasetyo (R) and Police Chief General Badrodin Haidi (L) speak to the press at Nusakambangan port in Cilacap after an inspection of Nusakambangan maximum security prison island on April 29, 2015 following the execution of seven foreign drug convicts and an Indonesian man. Indonesia's attorney general on April 29 defended the execution of seven foreign drug convicts, saying that the country was facing a 'war' against drugs. (AFP/Getty Images)
Indonesia executes eight prisoners
Australian Pastor David Soper (C) and Australian foreign ministry official Jonathan Muir (R) leave Nusakambangan port in Cilacap after the execution of two Australians drug convicts Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran at the Nusakambangan maximum security prison island on April 29, 2015. Indonesia executed seven foreign drug convicts including two Australians by firing squad on April 29, causing Canberra to withdraw its ambassador over the 'cruel' punishment. (AFP/Getty Images)
Indonesia executes eight prisoners
A worker holds a tombstone of Zaenal Abidin, one of the eight drug convicts, during a funeral service after the execution at Nusakambangan prison on April 29, 2015 in Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia. Chan and Sukumaran were both sentenced to death after being found guilty of attempting to smuggle 8.3kg of heroin valued at around $4 million from Indonesia to Australia along with 7 other accomplices. (Getty Images)
Indonesia executes eight prisoners
An Islamic cleric (L) prays with Iwan Setiawan (R), brother of executed Indonesian drug convict Zainal Abidin following his burial at a cemetery in Cilacap on April 29, 2015. Eight drug convicts including two Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were executed by firing squad on April 29 on the high-security prison island of Nusakambangan in central Indonesia, but a Filipina was spared at the 11th hour. (AFP/Getty Images)
Indonesia executes eight prisoners
Darling Veloso (R) and Marites Laurente, sisters of Filipina drug convict Mary Jane Veloso, arrive at Nusakambangan port in Cilacap after returning from Nusakambangan maximum security prison on April 29, 2015, after Mary Jane Veloso was spared at the 11th hour after facing execution. Indonesia executed seven foreign drug convicts by firing squad despite a firestorm of international anger, reports said, but a Filipina was spared at the 11th hour. (AFP/Getty Images)
Indonesia executes eight prisoners
This photo illustration shows a man holding up a newspaper that ran an article saying Filipina drug convict Mary Jane Veloso had been executed alongside seven foreign drug convicts in Indonesia, at a news stand in Manila on April 29, 2015. A Philippine paper wrongly ran a headline on April 29 about Indonesia executing Veloso, while another blamed President Benigno Aquino for her fate as the local press were spectacularly caught out by her last-minute reprieve. (AFP/Getty Images)
Indonesia executes eight prisoners
Activists holding a streamer march towards the Indonesian embassy in Manila on April 24, 2015, for a protest in support of Filipina Mary Jane Veloso who is facing imminent execution for drug trafficking in Indonesia. The two young sons of the Philippine maid on death row flew out on April 23 for a feared final reunion, the government said as it mounted a last-ditch campaign to save her. (AFP/Getty Images)