Veloso spared from execution at the last minute – sources

By , on April 29, 2015

Mary Jane Veloso's mother (center) thankful after hearing the news that her daughter was reprieved. (Photo from Jet Damazo-Santos' Twitter account)
Mary Jane Veloso’s family was thankful after hearing the news that Mary Jane was reprieved. (Photo from Jet Damazo-Santos’ Twitter account)

Drug trafficking convict and Filipina domestic helper Mary Jane Veloso was reprieved from execution at the very last minute, according to sources.

There was no official confirmation from Indonesian Attorney General H.M. Prasetyo  yet but his spokesperson had already reported about the eight executions, with Veloso spared.

“There was a request from the Philippine president regarding the perpetrator who’s suspected of committing human trafficking and surrendered in the Philippines,” the spokesperson said in a text message to the media.

“MJ (Mary Jane) is needed for her testimony,” the spokesperson added, stating that the surrender of Veloso’s recruiter brought a new light to her case.

Veloso’s family was then informed of the good news. With tears in their eyes, all they could utter was ‘thank you, thank you, thank you.’

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) also confirmed that Veloso was indeed reprieved. However, they clarified that the reprieve may only be temporary.

The other eight convicts of Australian, Nigerian and Brazilian decent, however, were not spared, with sources confirming their deaths.