Indonesia executes 8 by firing squad

Indonesia executes 8 by firing squad

(CNN) Indonesia has executed eight convicted drug smugglers — including two of the so-called “Bali Nine” — the Reuters news agency has reported, citing local media.

The prisoners faced a 12-man firing squad on Nusa Kambangan island in Central Java.

The government had announced that nine prisoners would be executed, but according to local reports, Filipina Mary Jane Veloso was spared, at least for now.

Lawyers fighting to delay the death of Veloso, a domestic helper and mother of two, have said they’ve given up their bid after her second legal review was rejected on Monday. This came despite a last-minute personal appeal from Philippines President Benigno Aquino to Indonesian counterpart President Joko Widodo.

Two of the prisoners who were executed — Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan — are part of the Bali Nine.

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