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Sushma Making Full Efforts To Save Indian From Death Penalty In Indonesia

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Friday. Express Photo By Amit Mehra 19 June2015

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced on Wednesday that the government is making last-minute efforts to save an Indian man facing execution in Indonesia.

Indonesia is set to execute 14 drug convicts on 28 July, including an Indian man named Gurdip Singh. According to a Reuters report, the planned executions are a part of Indonesia's 'war on drugs' campaign.

Swaraj said in a series of tweets that efforts were being made to save Singh from the death sentence. According to a report in the Guardian, Singh was found guilty of trying to smuggle 300 grams of heroin into Indonesia over 12 years ago. He was sentenced to death by the state district court in Tangerang in 2005.

nitially, Singh had made a statement against a Pakistani national Zulfiqar Ali, but later retracted it, saying that he was coerced into making a false admission in return for a lenient sentence for himself.

News of the impending executions prompted condemnation from the United Nations and the European Union.

Among those facing execution are Nigerian, Zimbabwean, Pakistani and Indian nationals.

Expressing his alarm at the plan executions, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, urged Indonesia to reinstate a moratorium on the death penalty that was suspended in 2013.

(With agency inputs)

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