Australia Recalls Ambassador Over Indonesia’s Executions

Australia Recalls Ambassador Over Indonesia’s Executions

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Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott
Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott (Photo Credit: info 7)

Australia recalled its ambassador from Indonesia after two Australian men among eight others were executed for drug smuggling.

In the early hours of Wednesday, April 29, 2015 two Australians, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran at the prison island of Nusakambangan.

Brazil’s government also expressed its “deep dismay” at the execution of one of its citizens, Rodrigo Gularte.

But the execution of a Philippine woman named Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso  was called off at the last minute.

Australia had mounted a lengthy diplomatic campaign to save Chan and Sukumaran, who were convicted of being the ringleaders of a group of Australian heroin traffickers known as the Bali Nine.

The executions were “both cruel and unnecessary,” said the Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott , on Tuesday, April 28, 2015

He also added that Chan and Sukumaran had been fully rehabilitated while in prison.

“We respect Indonesia’s sovereignty but we do deplore what’s been done and this cannot be simply business as usual,” he said.

This is the first time Australia has recalled an ambassador from Indonesia, and its first ever recall over the execution of one of its citizens abroad.

Indonesian Attorney General, Muhammad Prasetyo, defended the executions, saying his country was fighting a “war” on drugs.

Australians,  Andrew Chan (Left) and Myuran Sukumaran (Right) were executed by firing squad on Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Australians, Andrew Chan (Left) and Myuran Sukumaran (Right) were executed by firing squad on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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