migrant workers hold candles during a vigil in support of Filipina drug
convict and death row prisoner Mary Jane Veloso. Photo / Getty
Indonesia has confirmed the only woman who was to be executed
alongside Bali Nine ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran has
been given a reprieve.
Attorney-General spokesman Tony Spontana
confirmed Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso of the Philippines had not faced the
executioner on Wednesday morning (AEST).
“There was a request
from the Philippine president regarding the perpetrator who’s suspected
of committing human trafficking and surrendered in the Philippines,” he
said in a text message.
Indonesia executed 8 of the 9 people convicted
for drug offenses. The men all pictured above were taken to a jungle
clearing on the island Nusakambangan according to local media reports
and were executed at midnight Indonesia time by 12 police privates (that
would be about 6pm Nigerian time). The only woman amongst them, Mary
Jane Fiesta Veloso, was spared last minute after new information emerged
about her case. A woman who reportedly tricked her into carrying drugs
turned herself in
Various groups conducted a protest,
Ecumenical Prayer and simultaneous candle-lighting in front of the
Indonesian Embassy in Makati City. Photo / Getty
“MJ is needed for her testimony.”
Veloso’s lawyer Edre Olalia also confirmed the stay of execution.
was sentenced to death in October 2010 for attempting to smuggle 2.6
kilograms of heroin into Indonesia from Malaysia in April 2010.
Marites Laurente, the sister of Filipina
drug convict Mary Jane Veloso, pleads for mercy on arrival at
Nusakambangan port. Photo / Getty
Veloso, who comes from a poor rural family in the Philippines,
was reportedly acting as a courier for an international syndicate when
she was arrested on arrival at Yogyakarta, central Java from an Air Asia
flight from Kuala Lumpur.
Veloso’s mother told Philippine radio: “Miracles do come true”.
“We are so happy, I can’t believe it. I can’t believe my child will live,” Celia Veloso told radio station DZMM.