IN PHOTOS: Mary Jane exactly one year after escaping execution
JAKARTA, Indonesia – It has exactly been one year since Filipina Mary Jane Veloso was granted a last-minute reprieve.
On April 29, 2015, the execution of Veloso, one of 9 drug convicts scheduled for execution, was delayed. (READ: Mary Jane speaks up one year since escaping execution)
The 8 other drug trafficking convicts – which included 7 foreigners and one Indonesian – were put to death early that morning on a prison island after Indonesia defied international criticism and heartrending pleas from relatives.
These are older photos of Veloso as she underwent trial:
Indonesian Attorney General HM Prasetyo said an exception was made for Veloso "because there was a last-minute plea from the Philippine President. There was someone who surrendered today. She claimed she was the one who recruited Mary Jane."
In 2010, Indonesia sentenced the 30-year-old Veloso to death on charges of drug smuggling. Veloso, a single mother of two from Nueva Ecija, had flown to Malaysia with the intention of securing a job as a domestic helper.
She claimed that her recruiter, Maria Kristina Sergio, had duped her into flying to Indonesia and bringing a suitcase with 2.6 kilograms of heroin hidden in the lining. Veloso has consistently maintained her innocence.
Below are photos of Veloso today, exactly one year since her scheduled execution. On Friday, April 29, the mother of two danced during a visit by the women's wing of Golkar Party to the Yogyakarta prison where she stays.
All photos are courtesy of Mawa Kresna for Rappler:
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