Indonesia has carried out the executions of an Indonesian and three Nigerians, including Michael Titus Igwe, who claimed recently that he was forced to confess after torture, while four other Nigerians remain on death row.
The other two Nigerians executed were named as Seck Osmane and Humphrey Jefferson Ejike
The four convicts were killed by firing squad shortly after midnight local time (17:00 GMT) at the Nusakambangan prison island.
A further 10 convicts who had been expected to be killed had a last-minute stay of execution.
Amnesty International condemned the killings as a “deplorable act” that violated local and international law.
Indonesia’s Deputy Attorney-General Noor Rachmad said it was “not a pleasant thing but it was to implement the law”.
“The executions are only aimed at halting drug crimes,” he said, adding that the rest “will be carried out in stages”.
Indonesia has some of the world’s toughest drug laws, and has faced intense criticism internationally for resuming executions.
In April 2015, the execution of 14 drug convicts, mostly foreigners, was widely criticised.
Australia briefly withdrew its ambassador from Indonesia in protest over the execution of its citizens, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
Relatives had gathered at the prison earlier in the day to say final goodbyes.
In the early morning, ambulances returned to the mainland carrying the prisoner’s bodies to be returned to their relatives for funerals.
Authorities did not give a reason for the reprieve given to the other 10 inmates, but island was hit by a major storm as the other executions took place.
Along with the four Nigerians awaiting executions are three Indonesians, a Pakistani, an Indian and one Zimbabwean.