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Mary Jane Veloso Reprieved


As reported yesterday, Mary Jane Veloso faced execution in Indonesia in a human trafficking case. Last night The Philippines department of foreign affairs has confirmed to reporters that Mary Jane Veloso was not executed along with the other prisoners.
The reprieve is said to be a temporary one, but the Philippines government sent an “extremely urgent” letter to the Indonesian attorney-general asking for a “suspension of execution of the death sentence”.

This followed news that Maria Kristina Sergio, the woman who allegedly recruited Veloso as a (she says unwitting) drugs courier, apparently handed herself into police in the Philippines.

Reports tonight say Veloso’s death sentence has been postponed so that she can act as a witness in any trial of Sergio.Relatives and local leaders had appealed the Indonesian government against Veloso’s execution and had held prayer vigils last week.