• Short Summary

    THE BODIES OF TWO INDONESIAN PRISONERS HANGED AT CHANGI PRISON, SINGAPORE YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) WERE DRIVEN STRAIGHT TO THE NEARBY ROYAL AIR FORCE BASE WHERE A SPECIAL INDONESIAN AIRCRAFT TOOK THEM TO DJAKARTA.

  • Description

    THE BODIES OF TWO INDONESIAN PRISONERS HANGED AT CHANGI PRISON, SINGAPORE YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) WERE DRIVEN STRAIGHT TO THE NEARBY ROYAL AIR FORCE BASE WHERE A SPECIAL INDONESIAN AIRCRAFT TOOK THEM TO DJAKARTA. THE INDONESIAN EMBASSY IN SINGAPORE HAD BEEN REFUSED PERMISSION FOR THE BODIES TO LIE IN STATE THERE.

    THE EXECUTED MEN WERE TWENTY-THREE-YEAR-OLD OSMAN BIN HAJI MOHABVAD ALI AND TWENTY-FIVE-YEAR-OLD HARON BIN SAID. THEY WERE SENTENCED TO DEATH AS SABOTEURS FOR PLANTING A BOMB IN A SINGAPORE BUILDING WHICH KILLED THREE PEOPLE AND INJURED THIRTY, IN 1965, DURING INDONESIA'S CONFRONTATION WITH MALAYSIA. AN APPEAL TO THE PRIVY COUNCIL, THE HIGHEST COURT OF APPEAL IN THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH, WAS REJECTED AS WAS A REQUEST BY PRESIDENT SUHARTO OF INDONESIA THAT THE SENTENCE BE COMMUTED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT. THE TWO MEN CLAIMED TO BE INDONESIAN MARINES.

    ABOUT 150 MEMBERS OF THE INDONESIAN COMMUNITY IN SINGAPORE AWAITED THE BODIES AT THEIR EMBASSY, WHERE A PRAYER SERVICE HAD BEEN PLANNED. BUT THE BODIES WERE TRANSFERRED UNDER POLICE ESCORT STRAIGHT FROM CHANGI PRISON TO THE AIRPORT.

    AN INDONESIAN SPOKESMAN HAS SAID THAT THE TWO MEN WILL RECEIVE POSTHUMOUS AWARDS OF THE HIGHEST MEDAL OF THE REPUBLIC, BINTANG SAKTIL CLASS ONE AND BE DECLARED NATIONAL HEROES.

    IN DJAKARTA STUDENTS RANSACKED THE SINGAPORE EMBASSY AND SIX DIPLOMATIC HOMES IN PROTEST AT THE EXECUTIONS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA21L3J3BND7KVPGQ5SZNLQJVZI
    Media URN:
    VLVA21L3J3BND7KVPGQ5SZNLQJVZI
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/10/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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