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US stays out of row on Indonesian executions

A candlelight vigil to protest against the death penalty at Nusakambangan port in Cilacap across from the Nusakambangan maximum security prison on April 29, 2015The United States, where the death penalty is still carried out, on Wednesday steered clear of a storm of global protest triggered by Indonesia’s execution of seven foreign drug traffickers. The seven — two from Australia, one from Brazil and four from Africa — were shot along with one Indonesian, despite strident foreign appeals and pleas from family members. “We don’t have much to say on this, other than we’re aware that they have executed eight (sic) foreign citizens convicted of drug trafficking,” State Department acting spokeswoman Marie Harf said. She spoke as the US Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday about lethal injections, after states began using alternative drugs — believed by some to cause pain and suffering — to carry out the executions.

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