Immediately after the holy month of Ramadan, Indonesia plans to put 16 death row convicts to death, a spokesman from the country’s Attorney-General’s office said on Tuesday.

The Ramadan fast which ends with the Eid al-Fitr holiday, 6 and 7 July in Indonesia will see the country witness its first executions since April last year.

After last year’s execution, Indonesia said it was pausing capital punishment to focus on fixing its declining economy.

“We could not do it earlier because the government was trying to improve our economy, but now we will take some action after Eid,” the official said.

He stated that the convicts would likely be put to death by firing squad on the prison island of Nusakambangan, off Java, where executions are usually carried out.

There are scores of drug convicts on death row in Indonesia, among them are foreigners.

President Joko Widodo declared a war on drugs when he took office in 2014, saying that the country was facing an emergency due to rising narcotics use and traffickers should be severely punished.

There were two rounds of executions in the country last year which caused the most serious diplomatic backlash and international outcry.

Author: Ope Adedeji