DRUG CONVICTS: Indonesia rejects EU, UN plea to halt planned execution

Indonesia has rejected appeals from the UN and EU to halt the execution of 14 drug convicts including foreigners, as speculation mounted they could face the firing squad in a matter of hours.

The group, including foreigners from Nigeria, Pakistan, India and Zimbabwe as well as Indonesians, have been placed in isolation on a prison island where Jakarta carries out executions.

Authorities stepped up preparations with ambulances carrying coffins seen crossing over to Nusakambangan Island.

Family members say they have been told the convicts will be executed Thursday night, according to a lawyer and diplomat — who were angry as it was earlier than they thought was allowed.

Pakistan is angry about the planned execution of Ali — whom rights groups claim was beaten into confessing — and summoned Indonesia’s ambassador in Islamabad this week.

A candlelit vigil will be held outside the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Thursday evening, just hours before the 14 prisoners are expected to face a midnight firing squad.

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