Manila confirms Abu Sayyaf killed Canadian
MANILA • The Philippines yesterday confirmed the execution of a Canadian who had been held hostage by the Al-Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf militant group with three other people since September last year.
Mr Robert Hall was killed after the group's demands for 300 million pesos (S$8.8 million) by Monday were not met.
The military confirmed that a severed head, believed to be Mr Hall's, was found near a cathedral on Jolo island.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has expressed outrage over the killing while maintaining that ransoms should not be paid.
Indonesia to execute 16 convicts after Ramadan
JAKARTA • Indonesia plans to put 16 convicts to death after next month's Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday, an official said yesterday, confirming executions were set to resume after a hiatus.
The death row convicts will be executed "immediately after" the holy month of Ramadan, said Mr Mohammad Rum, a spokesman for the attorney-general's office.
He did not say who would face the firing squad, but Indonesia has been waging a campaign against narcotics and last year executed 14 drug convicts, mostly foreigners, sparking international outrage. There have been no executions since April last year.